Sperm Freezing

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Sperm freezing prepares euroCARE IVF patients for a successful IVF treatment path. Use of frozen sperm for future pregnancy attempts usually requires the use of assisted reproductive technologies such as Intrauterine Insemination or In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

a baby born through sperm donation CyprusHow Is Semen Preserved?

Sperm is contained in the male ejaculate, or the fluid called semen. For over six decades cryopreservation (freezing) has proven to be a successful and cost effective option for North Cyprus fertility treatments, such as IUI and IVF.

For semen preservation, a complete semen analysis is performed. The sample is split into several small vials and placed into an instrument that cools the specimen at a controlled rate until it reaches a temperature of -196°C.

In this frozen state, the specimens are stored in liquid nitrogen tanks. The number of vials that are cryopreserved will vary depending of the volume of the ejaculate and the number of sperm in the specimen.

It is recommended that at least three to five semen specimens be stored to optimize the chances of initiating a pregnancy in the future.

Who should consider freezing sperm?

A man or couple may choose to freeze sperm for a number of different reasons including:

  • Fertility preservation for cancer treatments or other medical conditions that could harm sperm
  • Patient will undergo vasectomy surgery for sterilization
  • Low sperm quality or quantity
  • Risk of injury or death from a dangerous job (military, police officer, etc.)

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