Hormone therapy and/or sex-reassignment surgery (SRS) are a big, and exciting step. At Rainbow Fertility, we encourage birth-designated males to consider fertility preservation options such as sperm freezing before undergoing SRS and/or hormone therapy. It will give you the freedom to have genetically related children in the future should you want to.
Birth-designated males may choose to freeze their sperm to preserve fertility. If you’re delaying parenthood, your fertility could be affected by a number of things in the meantime, including: age, treatment for a serious illness (like cancer), high-risk occupations or sports, or erectile difficulty, which can be caused by diabetes.
Even if you have 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 in order to preserve them for future use. It’s a process that has been successfully carried out for over 40 years. By using special technologies and keeping the sperm in liquid nitrogen at temperatures of -196°C, sperm can be stored for many years while still maintaining a reasonable quality.
The standard storage period for sperm is normally ten years. This period can be exceeded only in certain circumstances. Our staff 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, visit our page: Eggs, sperm and embryos storage
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 specialists at Rainbow Fertility.
PLEASE NOTE: all treatment 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.