Sperm are the specialised cells that are produced by men in their testes and contain the genetic material necessary to fertilise an egg and give rise to a new life. Surgical sperm collection SSC is a term that collectively describes the techniques by which sperm are removed from the testicle or epididymis. Sperm retrieved in this way often haven't completed their maturation process and are immature. This causes a reduction in the sperm's natur al ability to penetrate the outer surface of the egg. Why is it used?
Egg retrieval is performed before the second phase of an IVF cycle. It occurs when ovarian stimulation is successful. A day and a half after HCG is administered; a gynaecologist will use a needle to puncture the follicles. Egg retrieval usually takes around half an hour to perform. The process can vary based on the number of follicles present.
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In order to obtain sperm of optimal quality, it is important that patients follow clinic instructions for semen collection. Be aware that clinics may have different protocols for sperm collection for intrauterine insemination and in vitro fertilization. Also, some programs may have men take an antibiotic prior to collection for IVF cases.