Sperm Cryobanking: How It Works and How Much Does It Cost?
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The new medical technique that lets a man preserve their sperm for use in the future is sperm cryobanking. It is a process of storing sperm at extremely low temperatures in order to preserve the quality of the sperm. Some people might store their sperm for personal use while others leave it with a bank in case they become infertile.
Cryobanking allows a man to freeze their sperm if they’re suffering from cancer, need to undergo surgery or have an illness that prevents them from getting an erection as well. While some choose to freeze their sperm before taking medication that may lower their sperm count.
This process of saving sperm for the future is highly successful; as for human sperm, the longest reported successful storage is 24 years. Sperm preservation is very affordable, as it takes just around 1,500 to 2,500 INR to conserve sperm in a sperm bank. However, if you are looking for detailed information about the whole process and the costs related to it, then read down the article to the end.
What is Sperm Cryobanking?
The process of freezing, depositing, and storing sperm at a sperm bank for less than one year is known as Sperm Cryobanking. This process of sperm freezing or cryobanking is excellent for couples or single parents who want to start their families in the future. And sperm freezing is also great for couples whose partner is in a high-risk profession or has to undergo some medical procedures or treatments.
Sperm banks can also be helpful to men who are suffering from
- sexual problems like Erectile Dysfunction,
- male infertility,
- retrograde erections
- to use them in the process of IVF or IUI which will help them to conceive a child.
Step-by-Step Procedure of Sperm Banking
The process of sperm banking is not very different from donating blood. The doctor first verifies whether you are eligible for sperm banking. Once it is established that you can be a donor, the doctor will explain to you the whole procedure and its possibilities.
You have to fill out many forms and give your blood sample for screening of STDs to the doctor before they save your sperm. Also, before you give your sample, the doctor may ask you to abstain from sex for 2 to 3 days. You can also share your sperm in the clinic’s private room, allowing the doctor to freeze the fresh sperm. Also, the clinics will enable you to call your partner to assist you in some places.
You have to deposit the sperm in a sterile cup after masturbation. The sample is then analyzed according to shape, size, and mobility. Also, doctors collect around 5 to 6 samples before freezing for pregnancy; but it entirely also depends on the quality of your sperm.
After this, the samples are separated into multiple parts, and the lab technician then freezes them to protect the sperm cells.
Also, if you cannot ejaculate due to some medical reasons, then the doctors can retrieve sperm through the surgical process.
Aastha Fertility Care has state-of-the-art sperm cryobanking and fertility preservation facilities that are in compliance with the highest standard set by Sperm Bank Society. This is all done with proper care and using advanced facilities to ensure that clients can make the most of their fertility and get the best chance at success.
Why Is Sperm Cryobanking Done?
There are many reasons due to which a man can freeze and conserve his sperm. Some of them are as below-
- Cancer patients- Radiation and Chemotherapy while treating cancer generally affects sperm production; thus, men suffering from it who want to extend their families in the future; freeze their sperm before the therapy starts.
- Surgery of testicles or prostate- If you have to go through the surgeries of testicles or prostate due to any reasons, then a patient generally freezes his sperms beforehand as the surgery may cause azoospermia.
- Individuals Undergoing a Male to Female Transition- If you are thinking of changing your sex change operation, you may preserve your sperm before using hormones or undergoing a surgical transition.
- Advancing age- If a man is planning to start his family late in life, it is a viable thing to freeze his sperm beforehand, as age may affect the quality of sperm.
All the men who preserve their sperm can use these frozen sperm for the process of In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), recurrent IVF failure. Also, men who suffer from the problem of low sperm count, male infertility, or impotency can take these frozen sperm from sperm banks.
Most of the couples dealing with any infertility or other problem; choose the processes of IUI and IVF to conceive as they have a high success rate. And they are also affordable and painless solutions.
Prerequisite For Successful Human Sperm Cryobanking
There are a few prerequisite steps or sperm donor requirements that everyone has to follow, who wish to freeze their sperm successfully. All these are mentioned in detail below.
To successfully freeze your sperm, first, you need to sign a referral form given by the doctor.
Before you go for your first appointment, you should arrange some basic tests like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Also, doctors screen you regularly for these or any other infections so that the doctors can minimize the risk during its storage.
So once you get your results, and if they are entirely normal, arrange an appointment with the clinic where you want to freeze your sperm. Also, at this time, the clinic generally makes you sign the consent form which says that the maximum duration for freezing the sperm is ten years.
There are a lot of clinics in India, which provide you with the opportunity to store your sperm successfully. But if you want one of the best centres, which also gives you all the conceiving processes like IVF and IUI and preserve sperm for your future processes, come to Aastha Fertility centre.
We are not just known for our high success rates and affordable treatments but also known for our transparency in work. Also, all the doctors are highly knowledgeable and experienced, and the hospital is equipped with modern testing and curing facilities. You can also book an online counselling session with our doctors with a few easy steps.
However, if you require any other information regarding the hospital and the doctors, check it out on our website.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. What is Cryopreservation?
Ans- The process of securely freezing the sperms in a laboratory can be used in the future for the methods of IVF or IUI; to help a woman successfully conceive is known as Sperm Cryopreservation.
Q2. What is female sperm known as?
Ans- Female sperm can refer to either: A sperm which contains an X chromosome, produced in the usual way by a male, referring to the occurrence of such a sperm fertilizing an egg and giving birth to a female. A sperm artificially contains genetic material from a female.
Q3. How much does a sperm donor cost?
The sperm bank pays Rs. 5500 to Rs. 1000 per semen sample in India. Donors can make up to Rs. 5000-8000/- per month if they donate twice a week.