Both women and men have more control over their fertility and reproductive lives than ever before.
Did you know that men can store their semen in private storage banks, giving them the option of future fertility where they may not have had it before? This is also known as semen cryopreservation and it is commonly recommended prior to treatment for various cancers. Next Biosciences gives us several reasons why men should consider banking their sperm for future use:
- Cancer therapies – Therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation can harm sperm, leading to permanent sterility and infertility.
- Prostate or testicular surgery – Men’s reproductive organs can be damaged during testicular surgery or a prostatectomy (surgical removal of the prostate), which can then affect sperm production.
- Vasectomy – Sometimes circumstances change – think remarriage. To preserve fertility and prevent the need for reversal surgery, consider banking semen before the procedure.
- High-risk occupations – Exposure to chemicals, radiation, extreme heat and other severe working conditions can lead to male infertility.
- Professional sportsmen (especially rugby players, cyclists and hockey players) – Hours of intense training, as well as physical impact on the testes of professional sportsmen may negatively affect fertility.
- Use of assisted reproductive technologies – Couples using fertility medication, surrogacy, artificial insemination and IVF might want to conceive under more controlled conditions. Banking semen contributes to this.
- Absence while trying to conceive – Should a male partner be called away from home due to work commitments or other unforeseen circumstances, storing semen means that attempts to conceive – particularly when working with reproductive specialists – can continue.
Next Biosciences medical director, Dr Yvonne Holt, explains that semen cryopreservation has been perfected since the procedure first emerged in the 1950s. She says, “Cryopreservation means that human tissues or cells, like semen, are frozen and stored in a way that preserves living cells for many years.”
Source: Next Biosciences