sperm is stored at -196˚ in liquid nitrogen. frozen sperm has a very long shelf life and can be thawed and successfully used in fertility treatments decades later. babies born from frozen sperm are not at increased risk for disorders.
when treatment for a medical diagnosis, like cancer, affects male reproductive organs, we can take proactive steps to preserve fertility by freezing your sperm.
almost half of all cases of infertility have male factors, including sperm disorders that may prevent natural conception from occurring. we can treat severe male infertility, a low sperm count or total absence of sperm (azoospermia), with an advanced ivf treatment called intracytoplasmic sperm injection. after your sperm is analyzed in the lab, we may freeze samples for later use. during ivf, a thawed sample provides your provider access to viable sperm samples.