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What is Fertility Preservation?

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 at a later date. 

Why is Fertility Preservation used?

You may choose to freeze your sperm if there is any risk of your ability to produce sperm becoming compromised, through illness, medical treatment or surgery. 

Sperm freezing is also useful for those who may be away from their partners when trying to conceive, such as those working FIFO. 

Sperm freezing is also an option for those who have no immediate plans to have a family, but want to keep their options open. 

What is the Sperm Freezing process?

The process is very similar to a standard Semen Analysis, an appointment for which can be arranged by telephoning our Laboratory staff.  Once you have provided your semen sample, it is carefully processed by our Scientists before being frozen and stored at super-cool temperatures in liquid nitrogen, where it can remain viable indefinitely.   

Who is Sperm Freezing suitable for?

There are several reasons you may decide to freeze your sperm: 

  • Severe injury to the genitals. 
  • Chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. 
  • Prior to vasectomy. 
  • A falling or low sperm count. 
  • Testicular failure. 
  • Before hormone therapy or gender reassignment surgery. 
  • Work commitments (e.g. – FIFO) incorrectly aligning with a partner’s ovulation. 

How can we help with your Fertility Preservation journey? 

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

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

Please advise our team immediately if your fertility preservation referral is for oncology purposes.  We will then fast track your treatment to ensure that fertility preservation does not delay your cancer therapy.   

There are some costs associated with sperm freezing, and you can find details of these on our Fee Structure.  Medicare rebates and discounted fees do apply to those freezing sperm prior to undergoing cancer treatment.  Please contact us to find out more.