For whom is it suitable?
There are a number of reasons an individual may decide to freeze their sperm:
- Severe injury to the genitals;
- Chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy;
- Exposure to other strong chemicals or medication;
- Beat the biological clock;
- Testicular failure;
- Before hormone therapy or SRS for those undergoing gender reassignment;
- Work commitments (e.g. – FIFO) incorrectly aligning with a partner's ovulation.
Whatever the reason, Fertility North can provide this service with the compassion, sensitivity and specialist coordination it may require.
How is it done?
The process is very similar to a standard Semen Collection, an appointment for which can be arranged by telephoning our Laboratory staff. (Please Note: You must have up-to-date results for HIV, hepatitis B and C before you are able to store semen at Fertility North.) You will be required to produce a semen sample at the clinic (or at home, as arranged with the Laboratory).
The sample is then processed immediately by our laboratory where it is frozen and stored in a way that ensures that the integrity of the sample is preserved. The Reproductive Technology Council (RTC) of Western Australia allows a maximum gamete storage period of fifteen (15) years as per the Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991.
There is an initial freezing fee and yearly fee for sperm storage while the sample remains frozen at Fertility North. This fee is not covered by Medicare or private health insurance. Please see our Fee Structure for more details.