It is a common belief that only women, who do not wish to start a family now, are worried about whether they will be able to conceive as they grow older. Studies have shown that men have a biological clock too.
Sperm banking is a process where your sperm is collected, frozen, and stored. It is also known as sperm cryopreservation or sperm freezing. This technique allows you to preserve your fertility for the future. The sperm can be thawed and used for fertility procedures and to produce your biological child when you are ready.
There are various reasons why men may decide to freeze their sperm, including:
The conventional storage period for sperm is 10 years, although males who meet specific criteria can keep their sperm for as long as 55 years in some circumstances. Your fertility specialist will be able to tell you whether or not you can do so.
Please remember that once they have been thawed, their vitality is slightly lower than fresh sperm. The shelf life of a thawed sperm is about 1 day.
Hence it is crucial to time the insemination of a frozen sperm with a woman’s ovulation cycle since the window of opportunity is much shorter than it would be otherwise.
At Babies and Us Fertility, our state-of-the-art IVF Center in Mumbai, our fertility experts examine the concentration, morphology (shape), and motility (movement) of your sperm in order to determine their viability. They check to see if the sperm is in good condition and that there is enough to freeze.
After this, the fertility expert will place the prepared sperm into small vials of cryoprotectant (particular freezing solution) to be frozen. The vials are then placed in storage freezers filled with liquid nitrogen. The sperm is maintained at a consistent temperature of – 196 degrees centigrade.
Please note that you will have to undergo some tests before we can freeze your semen.
The following tests will be required before the procedure:
For men, the key advantages of freezing sperm are:
Over the years, men are beginning to understand that they may have biological clocks too. An increasing number of men are opting to freeze their sperm to ensure they can be a father to healthy babies later in life.
Sperm banking gives you the assurance and peace of mind of having a better chance of procreating in the future when you choose to do so.
Are you interested in finding out more about your fertility preservation choices?
Do not hesitate. Please schedule an appointment and speak to any of our fertility specialists. We are here to assist you and guide you in setting the groundwork for a hopeful and joyous future parenthood.