What Is Testicular Sperm Extraction (TESE)?

TESE, or Testicular Sperm Extraction, is a procedure that collects sperm directly from the testicles. In men, this surgical sperm retrieval procedure is used:

  • If their testicles aren’t producing enough sperm, Azoospermia without obstruction
  • If the sperms are prevented from passing to the sperm due to some obstruction, Azoospermia Obstructive

IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) with ICSI is an obvious option for men with such conditions to father a child. If enough sperm is found in their testicles after TESE, it will be frozen and preserved for ICSI, or intracytoplasmic sperm injection. In addition, your doctor may advise you to perform TESE on the day of the egg retrieval to obtain a fresh sample for ICSI.