Book an Appointment:  (08) 9301 1075

Call us 8:30am - 4:00pm admin@fertilitynorth.com.au


Fertility Preservation


What is it?


Fertility Preservation is a general term used to describe the process of collecting and freezing an individual's oocytes (eggs) or sperm, in order that they may be used in fertility treatment at a later date.


Why is it used? 


If an individual's genetic material is at risk of being compromised, egg/sperm freezing can preserve their ability to have biological children. 


For people who have no immediate plans to have children, fertility preservation allows them to keep their options open.

Egg Freezing


For whom is it suitable? 


There are a number of reasons an individual may choose to freeze their eggs:


  • Bypassing the "biological clock" if you're waiting to have children later in life;
  • Chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy;
  • Exposure to other strong chemicals or medicines;
  • Ovarian failure;
  • Before hormone therapy or SRS for those undergoing gender reassignment.


Whatever the reason, Fertility North can provide this service with the compassion, sensitivity and specialist coordination it may require.


How is it done?


The egg collection and freezing process are carried out in much the same way as within an IVF cycle. This usually involves:


  1. Controlled Ovarian Hyperstimulation (COH) – using self-administered injections to stimulate the growth and maturation of several eggs;.
  2. Trans-vaginal Oocyte Aspiration (TVOA) - The collection of the eggs under anaesthetic.
  3. Oocyte vitrification - Snap-freezing of the eggs and storage. 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.   


While the eggs remain stored at Fertility North, a yearly storage fee applies.  For more information regarding the cost of egg freezing and storage please see our current Fee Structure.

Sperm Freezing


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.

Getting Started 


If you are thinking about fertility preservation, please arrange an appointment with one of our specialists who can assess your circumstances and determine the most effective option for your individual situation.

If your fertility preservation referral is for oncology purposes, please tell us this when you contact us.  We will then fast track an appointment for you to ensure you are seen quickly by one of our fertility specialists.


Further enquiries


If you have any questions or would like further information about Fertility Preservation please contact us on (08) 9301 1075 or admin@fertilitynorth.com.au