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Secure sperm freezing and storage

Secure sperm freezing and storage

Choose to take the next steps in your fertility journey with itrust fertility’s professional services. 

Choose to take the next steps in your fertility journey with itrust fertility’s professional services. 

Sperm freezing is a straightforward procedure that helps you save a sample of your sperm for any requirements you may have in the future, for anywhere between three months to ten years or even longer.


You may choose to freeze your sperm if:

Sperm freezing is a straightforward procedure that helps you save a sample of your sperm for any requirements you may have in the future, for anywhere between three months to ten years or even longer.

You may choose to freeze your sperm if:

You need to have sperm removed from the testis 

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You believe it will be challenging to produce a sperm sample on the day of your fertility treatment

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You are required to undergo chemotherapy and would like to freeze your sperm before

vasectomy

You need to have sperm removed from the testis 

You need to have sperm removed from the testis

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You believe it will be challenging to produce a sperm sample on the day of your fertility treatment

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You are required to undergo chemotherapy and would like to freeze your sperm before

vasectomy

You need to have sperm removed from the testis

At I Trust Fertility, we try to store enough sperm to last you between one and three treatment cycles (a full treatment cycle, i.e. all the monitoring, tests and procedures required in a full episode of treatment) so you can boost your fertility chances without undergoing multiple rounds of procedures. This is largely dependent on the quality of the sperm sample.

At itrust fertility, we try to store enough sperm to last you between one and three treatment cycles (a full treatment cycle, i.e. all the monitoring, tests and procedures required in a full episode of treatment) so you can boost your fertility chances without undergoing multiple rounds of procedures. This is largely dependent on the quality of the sperm sample.

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What to expect

The sperm freezing process

What to expect

The sperm freezing process

The first step after sperm storage is referred to you by a medical professional is scheduling an appointment with an embryologist.

Before the procedure, you will need to take a routine blood test to check for HIV 1, HIV 2, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.

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You can then proceed to your clinic to produce your samples in preparation for storage using unique identifying codes. 

Your appointment will take at least half an hour and will involve the completion of HFEA and other consent forms. You will also be given all the information you need regarding storage.

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A sample can be stored for a short period of three months or frozen for longer with the payment of an annual storage fee. 

The survival of each frozen sperm sample, once it is thawed, depends on a range of individual factors including the quality of each sample.

 
Because of the extreme temperatures each sample is subject to, there is a possibility that the sample will deteriorate. If you are concerned about your chances, speak to a fertility specialist about your plans so they can guide you to the best procedure for you.

 
Sperm freezing is generally used in conjunction with another fertility treatment and it is likely that assistance will be needed to maximise your chances of conceiving through frozen sperm. Depending on your unique circumstances, this treatment will either be minimally invasive and swift or it could require a more complex treatment plan.


We recommend that you prepare yourself for these possibilities, with the guidance of your fertility team, so you can manage the stress you may feel about this process.

The survival of each frozen sperm sample, once it is thawed, depends on a range of individual factors including the quality of each sample.

Because of the extreme temperatures each sample is subject to, there is a possibility that the sample will deteriorate. If you are concerned about your chances, speak to a fertility specialist about your plans so they can guide you to the best procedure for you.

Sperm freezing is generally used in conjunction with another fertility treatment and it is likely that assistance will be needed to maximise your chances of conceiving through frozen sperm. Depending on your unique circumstances, this treatment will either be minimally invasive and swift or it could require a more complex treatment plan.

We recommend that you prepare yourself for these possibilities, with the guidance of your fertility team, so you can manage the stress you may feel about this process.

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What do I need to know?

Choosing to freeze your sperm is a way to give yourself more control and security in your fertility journey.

No matter what your plans or circumstances may be, sperm freezing can help you make sure you have a healthy reserve if you ever need it.

Although the cryopreservation procedure is minor, you may have a couple of questions about how it works. Take a look at the answers to some of the most common questions we get below.

Choosing to freeze your sperm is a way to give yourself more control and security in your fertility journey.

No matter what your plans or circumstances may be, sperm freezing can help you make sure you have a healthy reserve if you ever need it.

Although the cryopreservation procedure is minor, you may have a couple of questions about how it works. Take a look at the answers to some of the most common questions we get below.

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What do I need to know?

How is sperm stored?

All samples are stored in liquid nitrogen dewars that are connected to a system of alarms. These alarms notify us if a problem is recognised in the liquid level in each dewar.

 
Despite the systems we have in place, however, mechanical breakdowns, instances beyond our control, and unknown pathogens and viruses can lead to a loss of stored samples or cross-contamination. This is a rare possibility but it does exist.

How long can sperm be stored?

The statute on sperm storage stipulates a storage period of ten years. This is not necessarily a rule, however, and this period can be extended if certain criteria are met.

 
All you need to do is discuss the arrangement with your storage centre, pay the relevant fees, and obtain the approval of a medical practitioner.

 
If you think premature infertility will be a challenge you will face and have discussed it with your fertility centre, this may be the best option for you.

Can sperm be stored for less than ten years?

Yes, you can choose to store your sperm for any length of time up to the statutory ten years. According to your plans, you may choose to consent to a shorter window such as five years. 

How do storage fees work?

The fee payment process is separate from the storage consent process, so if fees are not paid, your centre will reserve the right to remove your sample from storage.

 
After the first two years of storage, we will write to you every year to inform you about your samples and request payment for your storage fees. At this point, you can ask for your samples to be removed or choose to continue with your storage arrangement.

 
If you choose to keep your sample frozen after your initial arrangement has expired, an annual fee will be charged on your agreed-upon renewal date.

Does frozen sperm have an impact on pregnancy or any children that may be born thereafter?

Current evidence shows no link between a lack of safety for either the person carrying the pregnancy or the children that are conceived after frozen sperm samples are thawed. 

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Explore your options

What other services do we offer?

Explore your options

What other services do we offer?

If this isn’t what you’re looking for at the moment, we have a host of other fertility services and treatments you can explore for your unique circumstances. 


Learning as much as you can about every treatment option can help you make the best choice for you. 

If this isn’t what you’re looking for at the moment, we have a host of other fertility services and treatments you can explore for your unique circumstances.

Learning as much as you can about every treatment option can help you make the best choice for you.

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Schedule an appointment

Find out more

Schedule an appointment

The work we do at itrust fertility is only possible because of our team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced specialists.


From our clinical team and anaesthetists to our core management team, we make sure we live up to the trust you place in us every step of the way.

The work we do at itrust fertility is only possible because of our team of dedicated, knowledgeable, and experienced specialists.


From our clinical team and anaesthetists to our core management team, we make sure we live up to the trust you place in us every step of the way.

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