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Can sexual intercourse take place before testicular biopsy?

By Dra. Marta Zermiani.
Last Update: 06/04/2021

Testicular biopsy is used to obtain sperm when sperm cannot be obtained by ejaculation. It is indicated in cases of azoospermia, when sperm have been obtained without sperm in the semen sample or to achieve pregnancy after a vasectomy.

In cases of azoospermia, sperm will be retrieved if the cause is an obstruction (obstructive azoospermia). In case the problem is in sperm production, if a sperm-producing focus of the testicle is not located, it is very difficult to find sperm in the biopsy as well.

Since the seminal sample does not contain sperm (which is the reason why biopsy is usually indicated), having sexual intercourse before the biopsy will not influence the results of the procedure.

Suggested for you: What Is a Testicular Biopsy? – Purpose & Procedure.

Dra. Marta Zermiani
Dra. Marta Zermiani
Gynecologist
Graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Università degli Studi di Padova in Italy, specializing in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Hospital Universitario de Bellvitge in Barcelona. Specialist in Assisted Reproduction with 4 years experience and currently a gynecologist at Clinica Tambre in Madrid.
Licence number: 280847526
Gynecologist. Graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the Università degli Studi di Padova in Italy, specializing in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Hospital Universitario de Bellvitge in Barcelona. Specialist in Assisted Reproduction with 4 years experience and currently a gynecologist at Clinica Tambre in Madrid. Licence number: 280847526.