Sperm Freezing at the Fertility Center
Male patients undergoing cancer treatment may face compromised sperm production, quality, or motility as a result of exposure to chemotherapy and radiation.
For patients concerned about these risks, sperm freezing prior to treatment is the most proven and successful method of fertility preservation.
In most cases, sperm can be collected and frozen weeks after chemotherapy begins. Even though viable sperm has successfully been retrieved up to 72 days after an initial treatment, it’s best to preserve a specimen as soon as possible. Aside from hereditary genetic syndromes, there is no evidence that a history of cancer or treatment increases the risk of cancer or congenital abnormalities in survivors’ offspring.
All cryopreservation patients are required to have blood work performed to screen for infectious diseases, since sperm is stored in the same large tanks that house eggs and embryos. Following labs, a patient must schedule a specific time to deliver a sperm specimen for a basic analysis to check count, motility, and speed before the sample is frozen. The Fertility Center offers cryogenic sperm banking for an annual fee.
Testicular sperm extraction may be necessary for men with no sperm in their ejaculate. With assistance from a urologist, this procedure is performed under anesthesia.
The Fertility Center does not accept sperm donations for monetary compensation. However, we do perform procedures using donated sperm from sperm banks.