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Our male infertility treatment options

Our male infertility treatment options

Talk to an itrust fertility expert about our specialised services to boost male fertility.

Talk to an itrust fertility expert about our specialised services to boost male fertility.

No matter what your circumstances are, we know that choosing to take the first steps in your fertility journey can be a very challenging stage in your life.


There are several factors affecting your fertility, but the good news is that there are just as many options to overcome the challenges you may encounter.


Male fertility is not discussed as frequently as female fertility but it is just as important for males to stay on top of their reproductive health. 


All itrust fertility centres offer a range of fertility treatments and investigations for both males and females, and both private and NHS patients. One treatment option, which our team of fertility experts may suggest once they are familiar with your personal history and plans, is surgical sperm retrieval or SSR.

No matter what your circumstances are, we know that choosing to take the first steps in your fertility journey can be a very challenging stage in your life.


There are several factors affecting your fertility, but the good news is that there are just as many options to overcome the challenges you may encounter.


Male fertility is not discussed as frequently as female fertility but it is just as important for males to stay on top of their reproductive health.


All itrust fertility centres offer a range of fertility treatments and investigations for both males and females, and both private and NHS patients. One treatment option, which our team of fertility experts may suggest once they are familiar with your personal history and plans, is surgical sperm retrieval or SSR.

I Trust Fertility - Surgical Sperm Retrieval (SSR)

What to expect

What to expect

The surgical sperm retrieval process

The surgical sperm retrieval process

Here at itrust fertility, our team of skilled fertility experts will support you throughout your fertility journey, wherever it may take you.


Our SSR process is carried out through two different methods.

Here at itrust fertility, our team of skilled fertility experts will support you throughout your fertility journey, wherever it may take you.


Our SSR process is carried out through two different methods.

1. PESA (Percutaneous Epididymal Sperm Aspiration)

This procedure involves the collection of sperm directly from where the sperm is stored, in the epididymis, after it is formed in the testes. A fine needle is used for this collection option.

2. TESE (Testicular Sperm Extraction)

This procedure requires a minor incision in the scrotal skin. Through this incision, a biopsy or biopsies are carried out to collect the sperm from the testicular tissue.

Our specialists will help you determine which of these processes are the best choice for you.


Both procedures only require light general anaesthetic combined with a local anaesthetic. Your hospital visit will also only last a few hours.


You also won’t need to wait around for too long for your results. Once your retrieval is complete, it will be examined and you will be advised on the same day about the quality of your sperm and whether there is any sperm present in the collection. 


If there is sperm present in the sample, it will be frozen and stored to be injected into eggs retrieved through an IVF treatment using the ICSI technique at a later date.


If the retrieval is a success, we take care to obtain enough to last several treatment cycles (a full treatment cycle, i.e. all the monitoring, tests and procedures required in a full episode of treatment). This prevents you from having to go through the same procedure multiple times throughout your fertility journey. 

Our specialists will help you determine which of these processes are the best choice for you.


Both procedures only require light general anaesthetic combined with a local anaesthetic. Your hospital visit will also only last a few hours.


You also won’t need to wait around for too long for your results. Once your retrieval is complete, it will be examined and you will be advised on the same day about the quality of your sperm and whether there is any sperm present in the collection. 


If there is sperm present in the sample, it will be frozen and stored to be injected into eggs retrieved through an IVF treatment using the ICSI technique at a later date.


If the retrieval is a success, we take care to obtain enough to last several treatment cycles (a full treatment cycle, i.e. all the monitoring, tests and procedures required in a full episode of treatment). This prevents you from having to go through the same procedure multiple times throughout your fertility journey.

Stay informed

Stay informed

What do I need to know before choosing surgical sperm retrieval?

What do I need to know before choosing IVF? 

Identifying the causes of fertility challenges isn’t always easy, but it is necessary to choose the right male infertility treatment for the right outcomes. 

Identifying the causes of fertility challenges isn’t always easy, but it is necessary to choose the right male infertility treatment for the right outcomes. 

SSR may be the right treatment option for you if your fertility challenge involves:

SSR may be the right treatment option for you if your fertility challenge involves:

vasectomy

A previous vasectomy

An injury or an infection that is obstructing the release of your sperm

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An absence of the vas deferens since birth, which would mean you are missing the tube that transports sperm from the testicle

A non-obstructive azoospermia, which would result in a low sperm count that cannot reach the vas deferens

I Trust Fertility - SSR Treatment
vasectomy

A previous vasectomy

An injury or an infection that is obstructing the release of your sperm

I Trust Fertility - website icons (4)

An absence of the vas deferens since birth, which would mean you are missing the tube that transports sperm from the testicle

A non-obstructive azoospermia, which would result in a low sperm count that cannot reach the vas deferens

I Trust Fertility - SSR Treatment

Understanding your fertility challenges

Understanding your fertility challenges

If you’re experiencing one of the challenges highlighted above, your sperm is still being produced but cannot be ejaculated because of a blockage or absence of the vas.

 
You may be able to produce seminal fluid but this will not contain sperm. In this instance, your sperm must be collected from the epididymis.


One possibility that may be available to you is to unblock the vas deferens surgically. This procedure has a low success rate, but your fertility consultant will be able to guide you to the best options for you.

 
If your fertility challenge is a previous vasectomy, this procedure will need to be reversed.

 
If you suffer from non-obstructive azoospermia, your body can only produce very small amounts of sperm that will need to be collected directly from the testes. Random testicular biopsies will need to be performed and then sent to our laboratory where our team will do their best to identify the possible causes of your fertility challenge.

 
Your chance of collecting the sample you need is approximately 40% if you have non-obstructive azoospermia. In the case of obstructive azoospermia, your chances of collecting sperm through this method rise to 90%.

 
Successful surgical sperm retrieval can lead to a very similar chance of conceiving as ICSI with naturally collected sperm samples. 

If you’re experiencing one of the challenges highlighted above, your sperm is still being produced but cannot be ejaculated because of a blockage or absence of the vas.

You may be able to produce seminal fluid but this will not contain sperm. In this instance, your sperm must be collected from the epididymis.

One possibility that may be available to you is to unblock the vas deferens surgically. This procedure has a low success rate, but your fertility consultant will be able to guide you to the best options for you.

If your fertility challenge is a previous vasectomy, this procedure will need to be reversed.

If you suffer from non-obstructive azoospermia, your body can only produce very small amounts of sperm that will need to be collected directly from the testes. Random testicular biopsies will need to be performed and then sent to our laboratory where our team will do their best to identify the possible causes of your fertility challenge.

Your chance of collecting the sample you need is approximately 40% if you have non-obstructive azoospermia. In the case of obstructive azoospermia, your chances of collecting sperm through this method rise to 90%.

Successful surgical sperm retrieval can lead to a very similar chance of conceiving as ICSI with naturally collected sperm samples.

Explore your options

Not sure SSR is for you?

Explore your options

Not sure SSR is for you?

If this male infertility treatment doesn’t seem like the right choice, there are other paths to explore. Take a look at our other, expert-led fertility treatments.


If you’d prefer to speak to our specialists directly, please feel free to do so. 

If this male infertility treatment doesn’t seem like the right choice, there are other paths to explore. Take a look at our other, expert-led fertility treatments.


If you’d prefer to speak to our specialists directly, please feel free to do so. 

Find out more

Schedule an appointment

Find out more

Schedule an appointment

The work we do at itrust fertility is only possible because of our team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced specialists.


From our clinical team and anaesthetists to our core management team, we make sure we live up to the trust you place in us every step of the way.

The work we do at itrust fertility is only possible because of our team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced specialists.


From our clinical team and anaesthetists to our core management team, we make sure we live up to the trust you place in us every step of the way.

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