At Inser, we have a sperm bank service that facilitates the freezing of spermatozoa for the medium to long term and facilitates paternity in patients with diverse illnesses or difficulties in their fertility in the future.
It is the procedure by which the sample of seminal fluid is processed, exposing the spermatozoa (gametes) to low temperatures to slow down the cellular biological processes.
These samples can be stored for long periods for reproductive purposes and to have semen available for use when the procedure requires it.
Patients that 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) or 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 sperm production over time, it may be advisable to perform subsequent seminal analyses.
It is suggested to ask the treating physician the best time to start the sample storage process, according to the treatment received, to avoid adverse effects on offspring.
Sperm is mixed with cryoprotectant substances, ensuring a better survival rate, and then 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 compared to natural conception with fresh sperm. The storage time is extendable according to the needs of each individual or couple.
The sperm bank allows sperm to be frozen for long periods. This is done to have 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:
- Has to undergo treatments that can reduce or void your reproductive capacity (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy).
- Has difficulty in obtaining sperm samples for assisted reproduction treatments.
- Has progressive deterioration due to known or unknown causes of the characteristics of the spermatozoa.
- Have a low sperm count, and 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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