Menwho are unable to ejaculate, either due to psychological or physical reasons, can be helped with vibro or electrical stimulation
Unfortunately these two methods are not covered by health insurance.
Before the procedure a number of tests need to be performed:
- a blood test
- for your hormonal profile, and
- a test for infectious diseases; and
- a urine culture to check for urinary tract infections.
If positive, they are treated first.
Most sperm samples obtained after months of inactivity are of poor quality. The chances of success of an ART treatment naturally depend on the sperm quality. This is why ICSI may offer a solution: the best sperm are selected from the obtained sample to inject in the eggs.
Because ICSI is best performed with fresh sperm, the procedure will be performed on the same day as your partners' egg retrieval.
But the collected sperm can of course also be frozen for later use. For this you need to sign a consent form.
A vibrating apparatus is held to the penis, which causes a reflex leading to ejaculation. A reflex is something you cannot control, like the heave reflex when you stick your finger down your throat.
During this procedure, a special probe is inserted into the rectum. Via electrical impulses, certain nerves are stimulated, causing an erection and subsequently, ejaculation.