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Sperm Freezing

 How young do I need to be to freeze sperm?

Generally, the younger you are for the better, because your sperm tends to freeze better and maintain a higher quality. 

Consider doing it before the age of 35 to give yourself the best chance for successful preservation.

How long can you freeze sperm for IVF?

Advances in cryopreservation techniques have improved the success rates of sperm freezing, making it a reliable option for fertility treatments. In general, sperm can be frozen and stored for several months to a few years with good success rates. But storage duration can vary based on factors like the sperm sample quality.

What are the costs associated with sperm freezing?

Costs can vary, covering initial tests, consent processes, sperm collection, freezing, and ongoing storage fees.

Why should I freeze my sperm?

Freezing your sperm gives you a safeguard against a decline in fertility, which can be caused by (or during) medical treatments, advanced age, or uncertain life circumstances.

It gives you peace-of-mind for family planning, so you don’t have to worry about fertility challenges in the future.

How does the sperm collection process work?

Sperm collection involves private room masturbation at the fertility clinic. Detailed instructions are provided, and abstinence before sperm collection is recommended. It’s always a convenient and discreet experience.

What are the success rates for sperm freezing?

Generally, frozen sperm retains viability and quality, offering good chances for future use, but sperm freezing success rates vary. Specific outcomes depend on factors like sperm quality, freezing techniques, and your individual health. If you freeze your sperm when you’re under 35, sperm survival rates after thawing are about 85-90%.

“Obviously a same sex couple who are female will need a sperm donor and we would have a long discussion about where those donors come from.” - Dr Erin Fuller