Who might need sperm freezing?

Sperm freezing is a common treatment  and is used by many men, for example men who;

  • are going to be out of the country when their partner will require their sperm for fertility treatment
  • have very low sperm counts and may have no sperm on some days and who have been advised to store a frozen sample, as a back-up, prior to undergoing fertility treatment
  • have no sperm on ejaculating and are undergoing a surgical sperm retrieval procedure in the clinic
  • are about to undergo a medical treatment that may result in them being infertile afterwards i.e. cancer treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy (see information sheet LC126 Sperm freezing for cancer patients)
  • are donating sperm for another couple to use to achieve a pregnancy (see information sheet LC84 Treatment using donor sperm)