postcoital test


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postcoital test

a test on cervical mucus about time of ovulation to evaluate its receptivity to sperm.
Synonym(s): Huhner test

postcoital test

(for infertility) examination of secretions aspirated from the vaginal fornix and endocervical canal after coitus to determine the number and condition of spermatozoa present and the extent to which they have penetrated the cervical mucus. See also Huhner test.

post·co·i·tal test

(pōst-kō'i-tăl test)
An examination of cervical mucus after coitus around the expected time of ovulation to assess persistence of sperm motility.

postcoital test

In the evaluation of infertile couples, sampling of the woman's cervical mucus within two hours after male ejaculation, to determine the number of actively moving sperm in the specimen. In a favorable specimen, between 6 and 20 motile sperm should be seen per high-power microscopic field.
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The postcoital test is so simple to do that I think every couple going through an infertility investigation should have it.