Freezing your Sperm
Sperm freezing is a simple and safe way of combating common issues like testicular cancer.
It may be that it’s unsuitable time for you to become a parent but you want to preserve and improve your chances of having a baby in the near future.
Sperm freezing can also be useful if the male partner has difficulty producing a sample on the day of egg collection during an IVF cycle at one of our clinics.
What does Sperm Freezing involve?
Freezing sperm is a relatively simple process. You will need to have some screening blood tests performed and sign consent forms before coming in to the clinic, in accordance with British law.
Blood tests can be done by your GP. You will then need to abstain for 2-5 days before coming into the clinic to produce a sample. The sample will be frozen using advanced fast-freezing which allows frozen sperm to be stored for 10 years.
Once frozen, the sperm can be thawed when you are ready to use it.
Sperm Freezing success rates
Sperm Freezing has been used successfully for many years but the success of the IVF treatment comes down to the actual quality of the sperm that has been frozen. Poor sperm samples are less likely to give a successful outcome compared to healthy sperm samples.
There can be a small decrease in in sperm quality after freezing but where possible we test sperm samples by thawing a small amount to check for vitality after the sperm freezing process is complete.