Also known as semen cryopreservation or sperm banking, sperm freezing is a method of preserving the sperm cells of a male to be used in future. Reports have shown that the longest reported successful storage was about 24 years, which clearly means that sperm can be stored for a very long period of time without compromising with their quality and viability. The sperm, once collected, is kept in liquid nitrogen at -196°C, inside a sperm bank. Frozen sperms can be utilized for in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI) techniques.
The preserved sperm can be utilized in a number of ways, however, intrauterine insemination is considered to be the simplest method. The procedure involves the injection of the thawed sperm in the uterus of the female counterpart during her ovulation days. Apart from the quality of the sperm that is being used, female Fertility factor and age, too play a vital role in deciding the success rate of the procedure. It is also pertinent to note that more the number of specimens stored, more the number of attempts and higher the chances of conception.
Nearly half of the total number of sperms present in a specimen survive the whole procedure. At Zeeva, we resort to the use of the latest cutting-edge techniques to determine who many samples of semen need to be collected so as to optimize the chances of a successful pregnancy. Our experts offer seamless assistance and guidance to help you in every possible way and adhere to very stringent benchmarks when it comes to quality and patient confidentiality.
Sperm freezing can be opted by any male who wishes to preserve his Fertility owing to some medical or personal reasons. This includes:
1. You will be required to discuss your problem and concerns with the expert and they will determine whether sperm freezing is an option for you or not.
2. Sperm freezing can only be opted if the male is not suffering from an infectious disease that needs to be tended before the procedure. The patient is screened for diseases like HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
3. The patient will be required to sign a consent form stating that he wishes to store his sperm for future use.
4. The patient needs to collect a fresh sample of sperm in a sterilized container. This is usually done 2 days post last intercourse. Each specimen is collected with a gap of 2 days in between.
5. All the samples are examined very carefully to determine the viability of the sperm
6. The sperm are cleaned using a protective solution and then kept in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196°C.
The survival rate of the sperm varies from person to person depending upon various factors. If the procedure did not work out for you in the first go, you should not lose hope and try again.