Surgical sperm retrieval (SSR) is a method of trying to retrieve sperm directly from the testis itself or the epididymis.

SSR is generally performed for men who have no sperm in their ejaculated semen or who have a failed vasectomy reversal. It may also be used for spinally injured men and where there are problems with normal ejaculation (e.g. MS or Diabetes).

At MFC, SSR is performed with the benefit of sedation and pain relief, provided by an Anaesthetist. The samples retrieved are processed by our laboratory team and any functional sperm found are prepared and frozen for future use in an ICSI cycle. The number of sperm is generally small and the motility reduced so ICSI is required to facilitate the best chance of fertilisation with your partner’s eggs.