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Sperm Retrieval


When sperm is not present in the ejaculate, surgical sperm recovery may be recommended in order to collect sperm for treatment.

This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic or sedation, depending on your preference. A needle is inserted through the scrotal skin into the epididymis or testes and gentle suction is applied. Sperm collected in this way can then be used for In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), using ICSI as the fertilisation method.

If possible, we will obtain enough sperm for freezing as well. This may mean that you will not need another sperm recovery procedure if future IVF cycles are undertaken (although it depends on how well the sperm tolerate the freezing/thawing procedure).

Men can usually go to work the day after this procedure.

Freezing and Storage of Sperm

Sperm can be frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees centigrade. This includes sperm retrieved from the testes or epididymis by surgery or biopsy.

If you have any questions about Sperm Retrieval, have a free chat with one of our Fertility Nurses, call 08 8333 8111 or fill out the enquiry form below.

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