Microscopic Testicular Sperm Extraction

Microscopic Testicular Sperm Extraction is a procedure that takes sperm directly from the testicular tissue of a man’s reproductive system. If a man cannot release or make healthy sperm naturally, this medical procedure may be recommended for fertility reasons (to enable the man to father a child). The testicular tissue is found in the two testes, where the sperm is made. The testes are found inside the scrotum, the small sac behind and under the penis.


The goals of the microTESE procedure are to:

  • Obtain the best quality sperm
  • Get enough sperm to fertilize an egg from a woman
  • Minimize damage to the reproductive organs


When is microscopic testicular sperm extraction necessary or recommended?

Microscopic testicular sperm extraction is usually performed on a man who may be infertile, or a man who wants to have children but is having difficulty conceiving with his female partner. Often, these men have no sperm in their ejaculation (azoospermia).