The ability to conceive a child is something which we, here at Reproductive Health Group, believe everyone should have the option to do.
Therefore, when an issue arises which might affect this ability, it can be devastating. This is why we offer sperm freezing as a fertility preservation treatment. This procedure lets you save your fertility until you are ready to try to conceive.
Freezing sperm can help to preserve the fertility of patients who are due to undergo certain types of medical treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
These types of treatment have unfortunately been known to cause temporary or permanent infertility issues. However, it is good to know that sperm freezing prior to undergoing this treatment will mean that once you’re ready, you and your partner could conceive.
It can also be worth considering preserving your sperm if you have a medical condition which may affect your fertility or are planning to have a child later in life. This is recommended as with age; certain conditions can develop which can have a negative effect on male fertility. Examples of these are a reduction in sperm quality or a testicle infection, both issues which can be worked around by freezing sperm and using it when you wish to conceive a child.
All freezing and storage must take place in a HFEA licensed centre. Frozen sperm can usually be stored for up to 10 years. In some individual cases when approved by a medical practitioner this can be extended, however this sperm can then no longer be donated.