Sperm Mapping

Sperm Mapping

Background and Testing
    • Obstructive Azoospermia (OA)

Azoospermia is the medical condition of a man whose semen contains no sperm. This is different from Aspermia – wherein there is neither sperm nor any semen. Causes of Azoospermia include a blockage along the reproductive tract, in which case it is known as obstructive azoospermia.

    • Nonobstructive Azoospermia (NOA)

Nonobstructive azoospermia is when the semen contains no sperm, and may be caused by hormonal problems, ejaculation problems or issues with testicular structure or function.

Microscopic Testicular Sperm Extraction

A surgical sperm recovery is required wherein there are no sperm present in the ejaculate, which is the seminal fluid released from the penis during orgasm. The condition is known as azoospermia and is largely caused by a blockage of the reproductive tract that causes disruption in the flow of the sperm from the testes. In some other cases, it could be caused due to difficulties in sperm production. Thus, in the case of azoospermia, there is still a possibility of the man being able to father a child, for which a surgical retrieval of the sperm becomes necessary.

Sperm Mapping

Sperm mapping is also known as the know-before-you-go procedure. Instead of opening up the testis to find the sperm, the doctors locate the sperm in the testis before the same for further analysis. This is a nonsurgical procedure, performed as an OPD procedure, and has a very low risk of any side effects. The procedure involves examining the testis through fine needle sampling in a grid-like pattern to locate sperm pockets. After mapping, a second procedure is needed to retrieve the sperm, but since we’ve mapped out where to find the sperm, the retrieval procedure can be more precise and less invasive.

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