When is Sperm Retrieval Recommended?
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Advances in reproductive medicine have allowed men who were previously considered sterile to father biological children. Among these advances is surgical sperm retrieval. The procedure may help men who are unable to produce adequate sperm for a variety of reasons, including:
Failed vasectomy reversal
Azoospermia (a complete lack of sperm in the semen)
Obstructive azoospermia (lack of sperm in the semen due to a blockage in the seminal tract)
Absence of the ducts (vas deferens) that carry sperm from the testicles to the urethra
Timing of Sperm Retrieval
Performing the harvesting in advance and freezing the sperm until the eggs are harvested allows the couple to make an informed decision about whether to go forward with IVF.
Moreover, it is difficult for many couples to undergo operative procedures the same day because it requires their enlisting other resources to help them get to and from the hospital and to provide assistance at home. IVF laboratories frequently prefer to work with fresh rather than frozen sperm.
As a result, sperm retrieval procedures are typically performed the day of egg retrieval.