Sperm freezing is a process that makes it possible to store sperm samples for future use. As with eggs, there are several medical and social reasons why sperm freezing could be considered. A fertility specialist at Heartland Clinic can help you determine if this is a viable option for you.
It is also possible for the spouse of a patient undergoing In Vitro Fertilization or IUI to freeze sperm ahead of time if they are not going to be available or are concerned they may be unable to produce a sperm sample the day of the procedure. For some, the mere fact of knowing they have sperm in reserve helps to reduce the stress that often leads to not being able to produce the sample at the opportune moment.
As a rule, sperm react well to the freezing process, particularly in the case where a “good sperm sample” is obtained at the outset. Sperm samples stored this way can be preserved for several years. To increase the chances of a suitable sperm banking, it should be expected that an average of 3 to 4 sperm samples are produced with an abstinence of 2 to 5 days between each sample. It is therefore very important to begin freezing as soon as possible when it is being recommended due to diseases, illnesses, surgeries or medications that may compromise the reproductive system.
It is important to note that sperm from the ejaculate as well as from surgically extracted fluid or tissue from the male genital tract can be frozen.
If you are interested in freezing your sperm or in finding out more information, please have your family doctor or your gynecologist send our fertility specialists a referral on your behalf. Our referral form is quick to fill out and easily accessible through the following link – https://heartlandfertility.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/sites/18/2019/02/Patient-Referral-Form-1.pdf