Testicular sperm retrieval is most commonly used for men who have azoospermia, i.e. a complete absence of sperm in their semen sample.
There are many reasons why this might be the case. We seek to identify the cause prior to IVF, so that we can offer the most effective treatment for you. Causes may include:
Sometimes testicular sperm retrieval is also used if sperm found in the semen sample is of a poor quality, or has not led to optimal egg fertilisation or embryo development previously.
Testicular sperm retrieval is always performed in an operating theatre. The various techniques are listed below, but all require an anaesthetic – either local anaesthetic (an injection into the scrotum to numb the testicle) or general anaesthetic.
The tissue or fluid obtained from these procedures is immediately transported to Newlife IVF’s on-site lab, so our scientists can prepare any sperm that has been retrieved for egg fertilisation or vitrification (freezing) in a timely manner.
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