If you have no sperm in the ejaculate (refer to Chapter 1), the sperm are retrieved via a surgical procedure under local or general anaesthesia. Depending on what type of infertility you have, the doctor retrieves either fluid or microscopic pieces of tissue from the testicles. I explain these procedures in the section 'Coming to Grips with All the IVF Acronyms and What They Mean' earlier in this chapter. Depending on the clinic and the type of procedure you're having, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything starting the night before your surgery.
If you have a general anaesthetic for the procedure, you can't drive for 24 hours afterwards, so you need to arrange for someone to take you home. You may feel a bit bruised and sore after the anaesthetic wears off, but this pain eases over a couple of days.
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