What is sperm freezing and storage?
This is the procedure of freezing sperm cells in order to preserve them for future use.Sperm cells have been frozen and thawed successfully for more than 40 years. By using special technologies and then keeping it in liquid nitrogen
(-196°C) sperm can be stored for many years while still maintaining a reasonable quality.
Why would I want to freeze sperm?
Unfortunately, life is unpredictable. There are many situations that could interfere with your future fertility. These may include:
- Chemotherapy or Radiation therapy
- Certain types of pelvic or testicular surgery
- High risk occupations or sports
- Diabetes may cause erectile difficulty
- Male away from home on day of assisted reproductive Treatment
How long can sperm stay frozen?
Sperm can be frozen indefinitely. Scientifically there is no limit to the length of time that sperm can be stored in a frozen state. Damage can occur to the sperm during freezing and thawing, not while it is frozen. The duration of time in storage does not influence the success rate. You must update us about any address changes. If we cannot reach you to collect the storage fee and to confirm that you want to maintain the frozen samples, we will thaw and destroy your semen samples. If you no longer require your sperm frozen please contact the clinic for the disposal of your samples and consent forms.
How do I use the sperm in the future?
There areseveral treatment options depending on the number and quality of sperm available. Your partner will undergo some basic fertility investigations. Frozen sperm can be used for intrauterine insemination (IUI) if the quality of the thawed sperm is good enough. If sperm quality is reduced due to illness or other factors, it may be necessary to undertake In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) where individual sperm are injected directly into the eggs.