Sperm that was collected via a testicular biopsy and then frozen is as effective as fresh sperm, a study reveals. The Washington University School of Medicine analysed data over a 14 year period and reached these important findings. This research on frozen sperm for IVF could be a game changer when it comes to conception options for infertile couples.
Frozen sperm for IVF: study findings
A testicular biopsy is a medical procedure that removes sperm directly from the testicles. It is done for men that have no viable sperm in their semen or a very low sperm count due to illness, such as testicular cancer. The study revealed that taking sperm via biopsy and then freezing it for later use can be a better option when it comes to IVF.
After collecting the sperm, a intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is the procedure used to inject one viable sperm into the egg. Rather than the usual IVF procedure that puts more than one sperm in the same recipient as the egg.
The study’s first author and assistant professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Kenan Omurtag said in the press release: “The convenience and ease of being able to use frozen sperm taken by biopsy in ICSI offers many advantages over fresh sperm”.
More options for infertile couples
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