Case report: A healthy live birth following icsi with retrograde ejaculated sperm

Afr J Reprod Health. 2014 Dec;18(4):123-5.


Retrograde ejaculation, sometimes called dry orgasm, refers to the medical condition when semen enters the urinary bladder (retrograde) instead of emerging through the penis after orgasm (antegrade). In some instances, a very minute quantity of antegrade semen appears in the ejaculate and may or may not be devoid of spermatozoa. Complete retrograde ejaculation causes male infertility. Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) has been employed to achieve fertilization in some cases of male subfertility, e.g., severe oligoasthenoteratozoospermia. Assisted reproductive techniques to aid conception in cases of retrograde ejaculation have been described extensively elsewhere but there is paucity of knowledge on the occurrence and treatment in Africa. This case report describes the identification and successful treatment of a couple where the male partner suffered from retrograde ejaculation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ejaculation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Male* / diagnosis
  • Infertility, Male* / etiology
  • Infertility, Male* / physiopathology
  • Infertility, Male* / therapy
  • Infertility, Male* / urine
  • Male
  • Sperm Injections, Intracytoplasmic / methods*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urine Specimen Collection / methods*