Sperm retrieval

A surgical procedure to extract sperm from the testicle and tubes on the side of the testicles. Sperm retrieval may also be called a micro TESE (micro testicular sperm extraction).

Why would you need a sperm retrieval procedure

A sperm retrieval is performed for those individuals who do not have sperm in the ejaculate as well as for men with failed IVF treatment using ejaculated sperm. Sperm retrieval is useful in men who have no sperm in the ejaculate due to a blockage. There are two reasons why there might be no sperm in the ejaculate; obstructive or non-obstructive azoospermia. In these men the testicles are working fine but the sperm cannot get out.

Obstructive azoospermia
  • Occurs when the testicles produce sperm but, due to a blockage, it is unable to reach the ejaculate. The blockage could be anywhere along the journey from sperm maturation to ejaculation. Obstructive azoospermia may be due to injury, prior surgery, infection or genetic abnormality.
Non-obstructive azoospermia
  • Refers to a lack of sperm production. Little or no sperm is produced and what is produced does not make it out of the testicles. Non-obstructive azoospermia may be a result of a varicocele, genetic abnormalities, hormones, infections (current or past), undescended testicles or injury.

Traditionally, the response to a couple facing fertility problems has been to focus on the woman with little evaluation of the male partner.

Often, assessing why there is an abnormal semen analysis and working to correct this will result in drastic improvements in male fertility and therefore likelihood of a successful pregnancy.


Why choose Fertility Solutions for your sperm retrieval

Our consultant urologists are leaders in the field of surgical sperm retrieval with some of the best success rates.

What does sperm retrieval mean

During a sperm retrieval procedure, sperm is extracted from the tubes (epididymae) around the testicle or from the testicle itself using an operating microscope to identify areas of high sperm production.

Making it easy for you

At Fertility Solutions we take the mystery away, help you make sense of the medical information and provide simple, clear facts about what is possible for you. These are complex procedures and must be performed by an expert - we will make sure you have access to the best possible care, to give you the best outcomes.

World leading experts

When you visit Fertility Solutions, you have access to some of the world’s leading minds in both male and female fertility. Our fully integrated team means we take care of every step of your journey for you from initial assessment and investigations to diagnosis and fertility treatment.

What next?

The good news is that we will advise you of appropriate actions to both investigate the cause and identify treatment options for your azoospermia. Addressing the cause and treating it will ultimately improve your fertility and increase your chances of pregnancy.

We work with consultant fertility urologist Mr Jonathan Ramsay. Mr Ramsay is globally renowned and currently leading the field in men’s fertility.



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We understand that embarking on any treatment journey is daunting and fertility treatment is no different. The team at Fertility Solutions is here to guide you every step of the way. Our aim at Fertility Solutions is to take the mystery away, help you make sense of the medical information and provide simple, clear facts about what is possible for you.

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