Sperm freezing - Putting baby plans on ice

25th June 2010 in IVF

News out this month that Celine Dion is pregnant with twins, after her sixth attempt at IVF.

The 42-year-old singer had already been through the treatment to have their son, who is now nine-years-old.

The reason is because Celine’s husband was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1999, and as such had his sperm frozen prior to chemotherapy, to enable them to attempt IVF treatment at a later date.

Freezing sperm is one of the many services we offer at Manchester Fertility. It is often done when a patient is facing medical treatment that may affect their fertility. Other reasons can include a low, deteriorating sperm count, so freezing the sperm can preserve its quality.

Freezing sperm is a simple process. You will be screened for any infections, and if all clear you give a fresh sample, which is stored in liquid nitrogen.

You will need to give written consent for your sperm to be stored. This will include what should happen to your sperm if something should happen to you, how long you want it to be stored for, and whether any existing partner can use your sperm to have a child.

The success rates using frozen sperm vary when it comes to pregnancy – it’s important to realise some sperm do not survive the freezing and thawing process, or can be damaged by it. In this case, your treatment option if you want to try and conceive is ICSI – where a single, good quality sperm is injected directly into the egg.

For more information about sperm freezing, call us on 0161 300 2730. You can also find out about costs by visiting our Fees page.

This information was published 9 years, 4 months ago and was correct at the time of publication. It may not reflect our current practices, prices or regulations.