4 de September, 2022

Testicular biopsy to detect the origin of male infertility

Male infertility affects more than 40% of cases of people who have trouble conceiving. A testicular biopsy can help detect the origin of this problem; and so, later, it can be treated effectively so that this is not an impediment to having a baby.

Male infertility, what is it?

Male disorders are one of the 5 main causes of problems conceiving, which usually affect the concentration, mobility or structure of sperm.

Due to the alterations that sperm can suffer, they do not reach their maximum reproductive capacity, which affects their ability to fertilize the egg inside the fallopian tubes, when trying to have a baby.

In the event that you and your partner have tried to get pregnant for more than 12 months without success, or that this pregnancy has not reached term, the recommendation is to go directly to a fertility expert, who will not only be able to evaluate your complete reproductive health, but is also capable of offering them the best Assisted Reproduction alternative to have the best chance of achieving it.

Testicular biopsy, an option to determine the origin of male infertility

Fertility expert at Ingenes Laboratory. 

Testicular biopsy is a superficial surgical intervention that is performed in order to find the origin of male infertility. Mainly in those cases in which a seminogram reflects the absence of sperm (azoospermia), or when this analysis shows some alteration in them.

In which cases is testicular biopsy indicated?

This technique is usually indicated in patients who present the following sperm alterations:

  • Azoospermia, absence of sperm.
  • Oligospermia or low sperm concentration.
  • Notable alterations in semen quality such as sperm chromosomal abnormalities.

This analysis is also recommended for those patients who have an obstruction in the seminal duct due to the absence of the vas deferens, cystic fibrosis, seminal infections or who previously underwent a vasectomy.


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Testicular biopsy to have your baby with the help of Assisted Reproduction

Testicular biopsy is a procedure that may also be indicated for the direct extraction of sperm in an Assisted Reproduction treatment.

How is testicular biopsy performed?

Microscopic view of sperm with alteration.

The procedure is carried out by means of a superficial surgical intervention based on the extraction of one or several portions of tissue through small incisions in the testicles. These incisions will be sutured with stitches that, over the days and during recovery, will fall out on their own or be reabsorbed.

Later, an embryologist will receive the sample and will separate the tissue to release the sperm from the seminiferous tubules; and under the microscope, you will observe the presence or absence of sperm.

What might feel like after a testicular biopsy?

After the procedure has concluded, it is possible that some pain will manifest in the following two or three days, as well as a possible inflammation of the scrotum. However, these effects are mild and usually disappear after a few days.

How is performed a testicular biopsy.

As you can see, at Ingenes we carry out a very extensive evaluation of the factors that could be causing infertility in the person, because we need to have the complete picture of their reproductive health.

In this way, we can precisely define which will be the treatment with the greatest probability of success so that you can have your baby.

If you have been trying to have a baby for 12 months or more by having unprotected sex and have not succeeded, it is possible that you or your partner are experiencing a problem that compromises your fertility.

If this is your case, we invite you to get to know our Initial Program, with which you will obtain a complete diagnosis of your reproductive health and that of your partner; so that, later, they can choose, together with their fertility experts, the best path that will take them to their baby in the shortest possible time.

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