Men who are paraplegic, or unable to use the lower half of their body, are often unable to ejaculate and, therefore, infertile. Penn Fertility Care works with many paraplegics and has different ways of helping these men achieve fatherhood.
We use two methods to obtain sperm from paraplegics who have either failed or do not want to try electroejaculation and vibratory stimulation.
One technique is testicular sperm extraction (TESE), an effective procedure used to retrieve sperm by performing a testicular biopsy. The testicular biopsy is a minor surgical procedure and can be performed on an outpatient basis.
The other technique is called seminal tract washout (STW). With this method, sperm is flushed from the vas deferens into the bladder where it is collected.