Sperm Freezing for Gay Men

Fertility Preservation 300x200Even if you’ve decided you want a family, the time may not be right. That’s where sperm freezing can help. Sperm freezing and storage is the procedure of freezing sperm cells to preserve them for future use. It’s a process that has been around for over 40 years. By using special technologies and storing sperm in liquid nitrogen (-196°C) it can be safely preserved for many years, while still maintaining a reasonable quality.

 

Why Would I Want to Freeze Sperm?

The main reason is to preserve fertility, enabling a baby to be created at a later date. If you’re delaying parenthood, your fertility could be affected by a number of things in the meantime, including:

  • Age – while men are generally fertile for longer than women, there is a chance of reduced sperm quality with age.
  • Treatment for a serious illness (like cancer) or certain types of pelvic or testicular surgery which can result in loss of fertility.
  • High-risk occupations or sports.
  • Erectile difficulty, which can be caused by diabetes.

Sperm freezing can also be an option if you’re taking part in an assisted reproductive treatment and are going to be out of town when your sperm is needed.

 

How Many Sperm Samples do I Freeze?

Everyone’s situation is different. Most men freeze between two and five samples. Some men may choose to freeze more samples depending on their personal circumstances and medical condition. In many cases the time interval prior to surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy will be the deciding factor.

 

Sperm Storage

The standard storage period for sperm is normally ten years. This period can be exceeded only in certain circumstances. Rainbow Fertility will be able to explain whether you can do this, and for how long you may be able to store your sperm. For more information, please visit our page: Eggs, sperm and embryos storage

 

Where do I Start?

If you’re interested in freezing your sperm for possible future use, please ask your GP or specialist for a referral to see one of our fertility doctors at Rainbow Fertility.

 

 

 

 

PLEASE NOTE: all fertility preservation procedures are carried out in our RTAC (Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee) accredited fertility clinics, where gametes (eggs/sperm) and embryos are also stored.

 

If you’d like to find out more about our fertility preservation services or discuss the options available to you, just give our friendly team a call or send us a message in confidence.

Call: 1300 222 623
email: info@rainbowfertility.com.au

 

 

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