What is sperm banking and how is it done?

Posted by Bruce Gilbert on

Introduction: Cryopreservation also called Sperm Banking, or “freezing” of sperm cells, is a medical procedure done in fertility clinics that helps preserve the quality of a person’s sperm. This procedure can be beneficial to those who are looking to increase their chances of having children in the future but are not ready to do so yet. It can also help those who have been diagnosed with cancer and may require chemotherapy treatments that could interfere with their fertility. Let’s break down why cryopreserving your sperm may be the right choice for you.

The Benefits of Sperm Cryopreservation
Cryopreservation of sperm has many benefits that make it a viable option for individuals looking to start a family in the future. It allows men to freeze their sperm so they can use it at a later date, even if they don't have access to fresh semen due to medical conditions or lifestyle changes. Additionally, cryopreserving your sperm gives you more control over when and how you want to conceive as well as giving you peace of mind knowing that your fertility won't be compromised by any life events that occur between now and when you decide to attempt conception.

It also gives men the ability to store their genetic material before undergoing treatments such as chemotherapy, which can cause permanent damage to sperm cells and reduce fertility levels. Lastly, because cryopreserved semen samples last longer than those stored using other methods, there is less chance for contamination or degradation over time. This means that the quality of the sample will remain high until it is used for conception.

How Does Sperm Cryopreservation Work?
The process of cryopreserving sperm begins with an initial assessment by a doctor or fertility specialist who will determine whether or not cryopreservation is suitable for you based on your medical history and lifestyle choices. Once this assessment has been completed, a sample will be taken from you which will then undergo processing in order to remove any impurities before being frozen using liquid nitrogen tanks at extremely low temperatures (-196°C). The sample will then be stored until needed where it will be thawed and prepared for use in assisted reproductive technologies such as IVF or IUI (intrauterine insemination).

Sperm cryopreservation is an increasingly popular option for men who are not ready to start a family yet but wish to have kids at some point down the road. This procedure allows them to store their genetic material safely so they can use it whenever they're ready without worrying about any potential damage caused by lifestyle changes or medical conditions along the way. Cryopreserved semen samples last longer than those stored using other methods, meaning there is less chance for contamination or degradation over time resulting in higher quality results when attempting conception through assisted reproductive technologies like IVF or IUI. If you think cryopreserving your sperm may be right for you, contact us for a courtesy consultation today!

Bruce R Gilbert MD PhD HCLD ALD

Laboratory and Medical Director

New York Cryo