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Cryopreservation, Male Infertility and Sperm Banking

Date Added: March 02, 2014 07:52:12 AM
Author: ivfiraq
Category: Health
In the past several decades the technology of cryopreservation, or maintaining life in a frozen state, has advanced considerably. With the use of modern techniques, cryopreservation of sperm to preserve an individual's ability to reproduce has become successful, safe, and widely available. Sperm freezing is the best fertility preserving option for men. Sperm banking is of great help for couples with infertility issues. Fortunately, male factor infertility no longer means a couple must forgo the experience of pregnancy and childbirth. Thanks to modern reproductive technology and sperm banks, many of these couples have the option of becoming parents by using artificial insemination. The evolution of sperm Bank has enabled women to have greater control over their reproductive lives. Sperm freezing/banking facility is also available for Male factor infertility/husband having problem of producing the sample on demand. In such cases Samples from husband are freezed prior to IUI or IVF & pooled later on to get required no. of motile sperms for IUI or IVF. A sperm bank, semen bank or cryobank is a facility that collects and stores human sperm mainly for the purpose of achieving pregnancies through third party reproduction, notably by artificial insemination. Sperm of husband is preserved for future fertility programs. Following are the usual circumstances where it may be necessary: Situational Erectile Dysfunction in Males Long Distance Relationship Variable Sperm Count in Males Cancer in Males Sperms are frozen to preservw male fertility for the future. Some common reasons why you may choose to store a semen sample include: 1) Prior to Artificial Insemination: One common cause of male infertility is a low concentration of sperm in the ejaculate. For some, the collection of one or more samples to be cryopreserved and later combined with a fresh sample and used for artificial insemination may be helpful in achieving a pregnancy. 2) Prior to the absence of the partner: For couples going through cycles of artificial insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF), it can be frustrating when responsibilities or obligations require a spouse to be absent. If it is anticipated that the male partner will be unavailable during the optimal time for the procedure, it is possible to cryopreserve a semen sample prior to his departure as a backup in the event he is prevented from providing a sample at the time of the procedure. While this may not be optimal, it can often keep the time and finances invested in a procedure from being wasted due to unforeseen circumstances. 3) Vasectomy: The majority of men who choose a vasectomy as a form of birth control see it as a permanent decision. However, unexpected changes in a patient's life such as a new marriage or death of a child or spouse can give rise to the desire to have more children. Vasectomies can be surgically reversed but success is widely variable and the surgery is expensive and invasive. Additionally, after an initially successful reversal, the ducts through which the sperm travel often develop scar tissue and become obstructed. As most individuals plan for a vasectomy well in advance, cryopreservation prior to having a vasectomy provides an effective form of insurance against a change in future plans. 4) Treatment for malignant disease: Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, testicular cancer and other malignancies often occur in juveniles, young adults and others who haven't started or completed their families. Fortunately, early detection and improved therapies have dramatically increased the survival rate for these diseases. Unfortunately, the chemotherapeutic agents and radiation therapy used to treat these diseases affect the production of sperm. Even though the time between diagnosis and initiation of treatment is short, there is often a window of several days in which a patient can cryopreserve his semen. Having your sperm frozen can preserve future fertility. Serving in Basrah, Iraq and surrounding areas, Al-Manar Fertility and Endoscopy Center provide a range of infertility services, including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), invitro fertilisation (IVF) and sperm freezing facility. Al Manar provides the most up-to-date genetic and infectious disease-tested freezing and storage services of sperms for patients who desire to have their own semen specimens preserved for future use or for any assisted reproductive technology. Today it is possible for everyone to have their own baby, create their own family and attain proud parenting with Al Manar Fertility Center in Basrah, Iraq. You can contact us at or at