Sperm Preservation

Sperm cryopreservation is a medical procedure in which a man's sperm is collected and stored at low temperatures to preserve its fertility potential. There are several reasons why a man or partner might choose to undergo sperm cryopreservation, including:


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  • Anticipation of medical treatments that may affect fertility: Certain medical treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, can have a detrimental effect on a man's fertility. Sperm cryopreservation provides an opportunity for men to preserve their fertility potential for the future.

  • Career or personal reasons: Men who are in careers that may be hazardous to their fertility, such as military service or high-risk jobs, may choose to undergo sperm cryopreservation to preserve their fertility. Additionally, men who are not yet ready to start a family but want to ensure that they have the option in the future may also choose to undergo sperm cryopreservation.

  • Vasectomy: Some men prefer to cryopreserve sperm prior to vasectomy, as there is a slight chance they may want children in the future.

  • Posthumous reproduction: Posthumous extraction of sperm refers to the collection and preservation of sperm from a deceased individual for the purpose of later use in assisted reproductive technology. This procedure may occur in cases of unexpected death or terminal illness. Posthumous sperm extraction may be an option for a surviving partner or family member to preserve the deceased individual's fertility potential. In some cases, individuals who are facing a terminal illness may choose to undergo sperm extraction prior to their death to preserve their fertility potential.

Sperm cryopreservation is typically performed by collecting a semen sample, either through masturbation, through a procedure known as electroejaculation, or through surgical extraction and then freezing the sample. The frozen sperm can be stored for many years, and when the patient is ready to start a family, the sperm can be thawed and used to achieve pregnancy through artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization.

In general, sperm cryopreservation can benefit any man who is concerned about preserving his fertility potential for the future, regardless of whether he is single or in a relationship. Additionally, sperm cryopreservation may also be recommended for men who have a medical condition that may affect their fertility, such as testicular cancer.

The process of posthumous sperm extraction typically involves the removal of sperm from the testes or epididymis of a deceased individual, typically within 36 hours of death. The collected sperm is then frozen and stored for future use.

It is important to note that posthumous sperm extraction is a complex medical procedure and can only be performed by a trained medical professional. Additionally, there may be legal and ethical considerations involved, and it is important to obtain the consent of the deceased individual or their next of kin prior to the procedure.

Due to the sensitive nature of posthumous sperm extraction, it is recommended that individuals and families seeking this option consult with a reproductive specialist and a legal professional to ensure that all necessary steps are taken and all considerations are taken into account.

As we are a full service facility for male infertility, we have years of experience guiding men and families in a variety of situations with sperm cryopreservation under many different circumstances.


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