Posted by: Black Diamond | 2010/09/27

IVF-Sperm Retrieval

How is the sperm retrieved when doing IVF? Does one need to musturbate? My husband and I would like to do IVF, but he does not believe in musturbation.

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Dear Black Diamond
If your husband does not believe in masturbation there are 2 other ways to be able to get sperm for the process of in vitro fertilization. The first one is that one can use a special condom that can be obtained from a fertility clinic and intercourse can take place using this condom and these condoms do not destroy the sperm. However it is important that the sperm collected this way must reach the clinic as soon as possible, at the most within an hour of collection. A second way to obtain sperm for use in IVF without masturbation is to do a sperm aspirate from either the epididymis or the testis and this can be retrieved quite easily with a very small needle into the epididymal tissue.

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Posted by: H | 2010/09/27

Hi. Yes, on the day of egg retrieval, your husband would need to ejaculate into a container. He would also need to do this every time you start ivf to check that all is in order, as this can change within a matter of months. He musn''t worry, many, many people have to go through this like we did. Just don''t stress him out about it beforehand, and afterwards you can have a good laugh together - it helps.

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