At Dallas IVF, our fertility specialists believe in putting patients in control of their fertility, and fertility preservation helps make this possible. Advances in the field of reproductive medicine allow women to preserve their eggs, adding to the full spectrum of possibilities for banking eggs, embryos and sperm.
Like women who want to preserve their fertility through egg freezing, men may take advantage of sperm banking. They know that they want children in the future, just not right now.
There are many situations in which sperm banking can help men preserve their fertility
If you’re wondering if sperm banking is right for you, our Dallas fertility center has compiled a list of reasons why you may want to consider sperm banking.
- You are traveling to a country that is reporting occurrences of the Zika virus.
- You’re undergoing cancer treatments, including chemotherapy or radiation.
- You’re going to undergo a medical procedure that could impact your ability to ejaculate.
- You’re going to undergo a vasectomy.
- You have a medical condition, like diabetes or multiple sclerosis, which may impact your ability to ejaculate.
- You’re going to be deployed overseas for military service.
- You’re entering a workplace environment where you may encounter reproductive toxins.
If you fall into any of these categories and you would like to have children in the future, then sperm banking could be appropriate.
However, keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive. There may be other reasons to consider sperm banking, so it’s always a good idea to keep communication open between you and your physician.
The process of sperm banking involves multiple steps to ensure quality control
Once you decide that sperm banking is right for you, the fertility specialists at our Dallas fertility center will guide you in the banking process.
- At your appointment with our Dallas fertility center, you will provide a semen sample in a private room.
- Our IVF lab will label and code your sample to ensure accuracy. Before freezing your sperm, the lab will also perform a semen analysis on a small portion of your sample. Depending on the results of the semen analysis, you may be asked to provide additional samples for sperm banking. The FDA requires that a blood sample to test for infectious diseases will be performed prior to sperm freezing.
If you’re interested in learning more about sperm banking or other fertility preserving options, contact Dallas IVF today to schedule an appointment.