Semen Freezing

Semen Freezing is the most successful and tried method of preserving and storing a man’s fertility, so that he can try and have children later in life.

What is semen freezing?

Those men who wants to freeze their sperm for use in their own future treatment or to donate to someone else’s treatment. These donated sperm usually have to be stored for six months first in order to screen the donor for infections.

Is semen freezing right for me?

You may want to consider freezing your sperm:

  • If you have a condition, or are facing medical treatment for a condition that may affect your fertility.
  • If you are about to have a vasectomy and want sperm available in case, you change your mind about having (more) children.
  • If you have a low sperm count or the quality of your sperm is deteriorating.
  • If you have difficulty producing a sperm sample on the day of fertility treatment.
  • If you are at risk of injury or death (for example, you’re a member of the Armed Forces who is being deployed to a war zone).

How does semen freezing work?

In this procedure, your sperm will be first tested for any infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis. This has no bearing on whether you can freeze your sperm or not but is to ensure that the affected sperm samples are stored separately in order to prevent any contamination of other samples.

You would then give in writing, your consent about your sperm being stored and you must also specify for how long you would want it to be stored for in the future:

  • • Low sperm count or decreased sperm mobility.
  • • Unexplained infertility.
  • • If the cervical conditions are hostile and includes any cervical mucus problem.
  • • Any procedures in the past which may hinder the sperm from entering the uterus.
  • • Ejaculation dysfunction.

What are its Benefits?

During normal sexual intercourse, only a small amount of sperm makes it to the woman’s uterus and into the fallopian tubes where fertilization takes place. Through Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) a large amount of the best performing sperms are inserted directly into the woman’s uterus, thus, increasing the chance of pregnancy.

What does IUI involve?

The chance of success with IUI is enhanced if insemination is combined with ovulation induction using small doses of fertility drugs. These are taken by the woman, and the development of the follicles on the ovary is monitored with ultrasound. The insemination is timed to take place 36-40 hours after administration of another hormone injection which triggers ovulation.

On the day of the procedure, the male partner will provide a semen sample. A concentrated preparation of motile sperm is extracted from the semen sample in the laboratory. The sperm preparation is placed into the uterine cavity by the doctor / IVF nurse by means of a fine catheter inserted through the cervix. Generally, IUI is a painless procedure, which will only take a few minutes.

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