Sperm freezing or cryopreservation is a process whereby the sperm cells are preserved for future use.
Sperm cryopreservation gives us the chance to freeze time and if the issue of fertility arises for any reason, the cryopreserved sperm is readily available. Sperm cryopreservation is considered a safe procedure and no problems have been detected in babies born from cryopreserved sperm.
Sperm Cryopreservation. Does it apply to me?
Modern lifestyle and work conditions have greatly changed the state of affairs in male factor infertility. Modern men are faced with adverse situations daily which may potentially threaten their fertility. Environmental pollution, daily stress, work environment conditions, sitting for long periods of time, obesity, dietary habits, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are some of the possible reasons that may cause damage to the quality of a man’s sperm.
The impact increases over time and is further burdened as a man gets older. This is especially crucial, as a large majority of reproductively mature men delay having a family and postpone it for later.
This is why preserving fertility at the same quality level as that of younger ages is very good reason for a man to choose to freeze his sperm early on.
Specifically, sperm cryopreservation is indicated for men who:
- Want to preserve their reproductive potential unchanged, without the effects of aging.
- Are about to receive treatment for cancer or undergo prostate or testicular surgery, which are procedures that can affect sperm quality or production.
- Are about to undergo surgical retrieval of epididymal or testicular sperm, provided the procedure collects an adequate amount of sperm.
- Are systematically exposed to spermatotoxic factors at their place of work or residence, e.g. chemical substances, radiation, high temperatures.
- Suffer from ejaculatory dysfunction.
- Develop progressive loss of sperm parameters.
- Have successfully undergone treatment to improve the quality of their sperm, but the results may possibly not be permanent.
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