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Oocyte cryopreservation following failed testicular sperm extraction: a French case report with implications for the management of non-obstructive azoospermia

Authors
Journal
Reproductive BioMedicine Online
1472-6483
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
24
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.rbmo.2012.02.019
Keywords
  • Non-Obstructive Azoospermia
  • Oocyte Cryopreservation
  • Sperm Donation
  • Testicular Sperm Retrieval

Abstract

Abstract The French law regulating assisted reproductive technologies forbids donor spermatozoa to be available in case of failed testicular sperm extraction (TESE) performed on the day of oocyte retrieval. This article reports the first French live birth after intracytoplasmic sperm injection of donated spermatozoa into frozen–thawed oocytes cryopreserved following failure of TESE. By reinforcing the relevance of TESE performed on the day of oocyte retrieval, oocyte cryopreservation in couples having beforehand consented to go to sperm donation will avoid cycle cancellation and potentially lead to successful live birth. Therefore, it could modify the French policy of management of patients suffering from non-obstructive azoospermia.

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