Sperm freezing is a successful way of preserving a man's fertility to allow him to have children later in life as sperm survive this process generally very well making this a very realistic option for your future fertility.
Did you know...
- IVF using frozen sperm has the same levels of success as using fresh sperm
- There are no additional risks of using frozen sperm in treatment compared to fresh sperm
- Not all sperm will survive the freezing and thawing process
- Not all sperm needs to e thawed at the same time - some can be saved for later
- It is very safe and there are no known risks to the patient or children from using frozen sperm
- Sperm can usually be stored for 10 years but in some cases it can be much longer and is worth discussing with your clinician
When might sperm freezing be right for you?
- If you are about to undergo medical treatment which may negatively impact your fertility
- If you are going to have a vasectomy and want to keep some sperm available in case you would like more children further down the line
- If you find it difficult to produce a fresh sperm sample on the day of fertility treatment
- If you are a male transitioning to a female and wish to preserve your fertility before you start
How does it work?
Initially, you will need to provide written, informed consent to confirm your sperm is being stored, how long for, what it can be used for and any other conditions you wish to include. If you are producing a sample you will be asked to do so at the clinic. Sperm can also be frozen following a sperm retrieval procedure. Before being frozen your sperm is checked for any infections and mixed with a cryoprotectant (freezing agent) and split in to several samples (so that they don't all need to be thawed at once). The sperm is then cooled slowly and placed into liquid nitrogen.
To find out more about sperm freezing at Fertility Solutions or ask any further questions please contact us.