retro-grade ejaculation
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mmelo - August 7

Does anyone have information on this subject. I believe this may be the cause of my husband's infertility(although he won't get it checked out). This is when the sperm back-washes into the bladder instead of exiting the body after ejaculation. I just read and article in "conceive" magazine that they can extract the sperm from a urine sample now and use it for IUI. Any sucess stories? Info of any kind would be appreciated. thx


slowpoke01 - August 8

i found this info on the internet it may be of somehelp to you. here it is:

Treatment for Retrograde Ejaculation and Failure of Emission
Men with retrograde ejaculation and failure of emission caused by surgery, severe disease, or spinal cord injury are treated with various methods.

Drugs known as alpha-adrenergic agonists, including pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, Actifed), stimulate muscle contraction and help ejaculation. The tricyclic antidepressant imipramine (Tofranil) has similar effects, and in one analysis of 35 studies was more effective than pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is available over the counter, however, and can help many men. Promising investigative agents include amezinium, which increases blood pressure.
If drugs are not effective, a technique called electrovibration (or electrical stimulation) is often beneficial. (Drugs in any case are not helpful for men with complete failure of emission.)
With any of these methods, the sperm can be collected for intrauterine insemination or assisted reproductive techniques. Spontaneous conception is possible, but not common, even with these treatments.

To prepare sperm for IVF, men with retrograde ejaculation typically sodium bicarbonate four times a day to reduce the acidity of the urine. After ejaculation, the man urinates or has a catheter (a tube) inserted to withdraw urine, which is then submitted for washing techniques to separate out the sperm.


mmelo - August 8

Hi slowpoke,
Thank you very much. I have been researching and finding several articles to this effect also. I will discuss this with my RE. thx again



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