At CARE Fertility we offer sperm freezing. Sperm freezing and sperm storage is a simple way of preserving your sperm until you wish to start a family. Like egg freezing and embryo freezing, freezing sperm allows men to save their sperm if they need to delay conception. For example if they are undergoing a medical procedure that may affect their fertility. However unlike eggs, sperm can be frozen and stored indefinitely, there are no limits placed on how long sperm storage can last.
There are many reasons why a man might need to freeze sperm. Some of the most common are:
Generally, we will freeze sperm that you have provided us with in a semen sample, but we can also collect it surgically if required. Before you begin the procedure, it will be explained in more detail by your medical specialist.
Provided you use a clinic experienced in the vitrification process, treatments using frozen sperm have almost identical success rates to those using non-frozen sperm. CARE Fertility are the most experienced fertility group in the UK for the process of sperm freezing.
As a non-invasive procedure, there are no risks associated with the actual process of collecting sperm. There are no risks to recipients of embryos created with frozen sperm, or to babies crated from those embryos.
At CARE Fertility your sperm freeze procedure and first year of storage cost £410*.
*please note at CARE Bath and CARE Woking the cost is £450 and at CARE London the cost is £485.
If you require other treatments, such as IVF or ICSI for example or would like to continue storing your sperm, this will be charged separately. You can view our full cost of CARE Fertility IVF treatments here.
Your sperm can be frozen and stored for as long as your storage consent allows. That is usually up to 10 years but may be longer depending on why you are freezing sperm. The HFEA regulates storage and dictates that you consent to the storage of your sperm and its future use, so your consent can be changed or withdrawn whenever you like.
Before your sperm is frozen, you must complete statutory consent forms which cover the following:
At CARE we understand that going through fertility treatment can be an anxious time. If you need any kind of emotional support during treatment, remember that we offer free counselling to all of our patients. To find out more, read here.
If you no longer wish to have treatment but still have sperm in storage, there are a few options you may wish to consider: