Sperm retrieval from the bladder

Nancy L. Brackett, Emad Ibrahim, Charles M. Lynne

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In normal ejaculation, sperm exit the urethral meatus during orgasm (antegrade ejaculation), and very little, if any sperm enter the urinary bladder (retrograde ejaculation). Certain medical conditions, however, lead to retrograde ejaculation, and this condition may interfere with the man’s ability to initiate a pregnancy by sexual intercourse. If pregnancy is a goal, it may be necessary to retrieve sperm from the bladder for use in assisted conception procedures. This article will describe methods of retrieving sperm from the urinary bladder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Reproduction
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9780128151457
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Aia
  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Dry ejaculate
  • Ejaculation
  • Ejaculatory disorders
  • Infertility
  • Male infertility
  • Paraplegia
  • Retrograde ejaculation
  • Semen
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sperm
  • Sperm
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Tetraplegia
  • Urine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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