Spermatozoa retrieved by electroejaculation: Should we prefer fresh or cryopreserved spermatozoa for intracytoplasmic sperm injection?

Adva Aizer, Olga Dratviman-Storobinsky, Meirav Noach-Hirsh, Sarah Konopnicki, Gil Raviv, Raoul Orvieto

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We aim to evaluate our experience, comparing intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) outcomes of cycle using fresh versus thawed electroejaculated spermatozoa. All consecutive couples undergoing ICSI cycles using electroejaculated spermatozoa, during a 16-year period, were evaluated. Embryological/laboratory variables of the ICSI cycles were assessed and compared between those utilising fresh (fresh group) versus thawed (thawed group) electroejaculated spermatozoa. Fifty-seven couples were evaluated, 30 used a fresh electroejaculated spermatozoa in 55 ICSI cycles, while 27 used a thawed sperm sample in 41 ICSI cycles. There were no in-between group differences in the mean numbers of oocytes retrieved per oocyte retrieval nor the percentage of MII oocytes. The fresh group demonstrated significantly higher fertilisation (71.5% vs. 64.1%, respectively, p '.05), top-quality embryos (66.5% vs. 54.9%, respectively, p '.02), clinical pregnancy per transfer (41.3% and 21.2%, respectively, p '.05) and cumulative clinical pregnancy (58.2% vs. 26.8%, respectively, p '.001) rates, as compared to the thawed group. Independent of the source of spermatozoa used, no pregnancy was achieved following ICSI utilising immotile spermatozoa. In conclusion, ICSI cycles using ejaculated spermatozoa of patients suffering from neurologic or psychogenic anejaculation are reassuring. The use of fresh ejaculated spermatozoa retrieved on the day of the female spouse oocyte retrieval might improve outcome. Whenever a thawed electroejaculated spermatozoa yield no motile spermatozoa, emergency electroejaculation is mandatory.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13671
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • electroejaculation
  • fresh
  • frozen-thawed
  • intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • pregnancy rate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Urology


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