Sperm Bank

At Inser we have sperm bank service, which facilitates the freezing of the spermatozoa in medium and long term to facilitate the future paternity in patients with diverse illnesses or difficulties in their fertility.

It is the procedure by which the sample of seminal fluid is processed by exposing the spermatozoa (gametes) at very low temperatures to slow down the cellular biological processes.

These samples can be stored for long periods of time to be used for reproductive purposes, so as to have semen available for use when the procedure requires it.

Patients decide to freeze their semen when they have already initiated or completed a treatment that may interfere with sperm production (such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy), when they may have problems with the semen quality at the time of cryopreservation, such as:

  • Absence of sperm in the ejaculate when analyzing the sample. In that case it would be unnecessary to freeze.
  • Presence of spermatozoa that may or might not have been adversely affected by the treatment received.
  • If the sample is affected and given the possible restoration of the sperm production over time, it may be advisable to perform subsequent seminal analyses.

It is suggested to ask the treating physician about the best time to start the sample storage process, according to the treatment received to avoid negative effects on offspring.

To improve the possibility that spermatozoa survive the freezing process, semen is mixed with cryoprotectant substances and stored in liquid nitrogen at – 196 º C. However, not all sperm survive this process, and it can happen that very few or none of them survive to be used later.

The time that the sperm remain cryopreserved does not seem to affect its viability and does not increase the risk of fetal abnormalities as compared to a natural conception with fresh sperm. The storage time is extendable according to the needs of each individual or couple.

The sperm bank allows to freeze sperm for long periods of time. This is done for the purpose of having spermatozoa available to be used later in an assisted reproduction insemination cycle, or for men who want to preserve their future fertility before undergoing procedures that affect their reproductive potential, such as pelvic or genitourinary system surgeries (vasectomy, prostatectomy, among others).

In addition, a person may use the sperm bank when:

  • You undergo treatments that can reduce or void your reproductive capacity (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy).
  • Difficulty in obtaining sperm sample for assisted reproduction treatments.
  • Progressive deterioration due to known or unknown cause of the characteristics of the spermatozoa.
  • Have extremely low sperm count that it is advisable to accumulate sperm from several ejaculates.
  • Test HIV (AIDS) antibodies, surface antigen for Hepatitis B, antibodies to Hepatitis C, serology and IgG/IgM for cytomegalovirus and Chlamydia Trachomatis.
  • Sign the consent and contract format for cryopreservation, storage and custody of sperm with our center.

If you need our service from the semen bank.

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  • Medellín: +57(4) 268 80 00
  • Bogotá: +57(1) 746 98 69
  • Cartagena: +57(5) 693 04 34
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