Azoospermia / Retrograde ejaculation

During retrograde ejaculation, the semen travels into the bladder and, as a result, the man notices semen in the urine.

Investigation of azoospermia / retrograde ejaculation cases

Absence of sperm in the sample is known as azoospermia.

If a semen analysis displays azoospermia, a repeat analysis is recommended to confirm the result. A repeat test is:

  • Combined with microbiological analysis, to examine the possible presence of bacteria
  • Combined with biochemical analysis to check the function of the glands
  • Combined with a urinalysis to examine whether there is semen in the urine, a condition known as retrograde ejaculation.

RETROGRADE EJACULATION TESTING

During retrograde ejaculation, the semen travels into the bladder and, as a result, the man notices semen in the urine. The causes may vary from purely psychogenic to medication use, possible anatomic abnormalities or surgical procedures.

During the retrograde ejaculation test, the patient is asked to ejaculate. He then consumes water mixed with baking soda, urinates and ejaculates again.

If semen is detected in the urine, it is possible to treat and isolate the sperm and then cryopreserve it.

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