Retrograde Ejaculation

Normally, the sphincter of the bladder closes before ejaculation, forcing the semen to exit via the urethra. However, if the bladder sphincter is damaged, it fails to close and the sperm flow back into the bladder and mix with urine. The good news is that in most cases of retrograde ejaculation, sperm can be successfully retrieved either through a urine sample or Testicular Sperm Aspiration (TESA).

What causes retrograde ejaculation?

  • Diabetes
  • Medication
  • Congenital conditions
  • Injury
  • Surgery

How can IVF Michigan Fertility Center help me if I have retrograde ejaculation?

In most cases of retrograde ejaculation, sperm can be recovered from a urine sample and used during an IVF-ICSI cycle. Otherwise, sperm can be obtained through TESA. To learn which treatment options are available to you, contact IVF Michigan to discuss previous results with our physicians or to have a semen analysis completed.