University of Michigan doctors report that a technique called electroejaculation offers thousands of neurologically impaired men new hope of becoming fathers.
A team led by Dr. Carol J. Bennett, a urologist, said the first reported pregnancy in the United States using the method to obtain sperm occurred recently. The father was a paraplegic who had been unable to produce a child because of a spinal injury.
In addition to spinal-injured men, males who have undergone corrective surgery for testicular cancer and become infertile because they can no longer ejaculate are also candidates for the procedure, Bennett said.
She said the method appears to be superior to another method called vibromassage. For testicular cancer patients, she added, it offers an alternative to freezing sperm before surgery.