Why?

Dec 30 2011 Published by under [Et Al]

Is there really any good reason to make post-vasectomy "sample" cups out of transparent plastic? The only thing worse might be a neon cup with the words "Caution! Semen Sample. Do Not Handle Without Gloves!" in bold on the side, but clear is a close second. As if it needs to be any more awkward to be carrying around your "sample", like the world's creepiest short-lived pet, you also need to walk into an office and place it on the counter as a display? How about an opaque cup with a colored sticker to put on the side, indicating the contents? What about just using the form that comes with it? I can't be the only one who has thought of this.

14 responses so far

  • katiesci says:

    Especially at this time of year it might be nice to gift wrap it. 😉

  • Ink says:

    Well-done, Katiesci. Tee hee!

  • Ink says:

    Wait, that should be hyphenless. ("Well done.")

    Also, your sample cup procedure should be displayless. (Whatever happened to the plain brown bag, a la numerous sitcoms? You'd think they would at least provide one of those.)

  • proflikesubstance says:

    Worst present ever.

  • anon says:

    If you're the one who has to pipette the sample out of the cup, it would be preferable to have it transparent. How often have you been frustrated that a paper label is in the way or that the eppendorf tube is opaque and you can't see what you're pipetting? Easier to have it set up so that you don't fuck up than to have to ask a squeamish guy like you to produce again. I think piss cups are also transparent. Who cares.

  • postdoc mom says:

    My hubby was given 2 cups in 2 little paper bags with labels on the bags for delivery to the lab. It's still a bit weird to hand someone your sample, but being in a bag would cut down on the creep factor.

  • gerty-z says:

    If you have no little swimmers, I guess that you don't have to treat the "sample" so much like the world's creepiest pet amirite?

  • Zuska says:

    Why didn't you just have somebody video it and put it on YouTube? That would be awesome.

  • Natalie says:

    One step further: charge money/start a college fund!

  • leigh says:

    no better than having to pee in one of those disposable clear plastic cups, write your name on it in sharpie, and place it in the "set your cup of pee here" area for any patient following you to see. (they just dip a test strip in it, i'm told.)

    on more than one occasion, i've found myself thinking "wow, she needs to drink some more water."

    i am all for non-transparent collection vials for any bodily fluid, whenever possible.

  • proflikesubstance says:

    Z....? What exactly are you asking me to put on youtube?

  • thank you for not posting photos

  • Lab Rockstar says:

    I just inhaled a little wine. And it's your fault, PLS.

  • You're Pfizered says:

    A friend of mine's doc had him manufacture the sample in the office.

    Seriously.

    I told him that he was probably being videotaped for extra income.

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