Everything You Need to Know About Freezing Sperm

Where do you freeze your sperm?

A sperm bank, which sometimes is part of a fertility clinic.

However, there are home banking kits available as well for convenience and comfort.

“For those who are unable to come to the sperm bank, the option of providing a home sperm banking kit is available. The sample can be collected in the privacy of their home and shipped overnight to the laboratory for testing and freezing,” says Dr. Agarwal.

And a new at-home sperm banking fertility kit called Dadi recently hit the market, that offers fertility testing and sperm banking options.

How does the process start to freeze sperm?

“Making the choice to bank sperm is intensely personal. If one is married or in a committed relationship, it is best that his partner is involved in the decision. If a male is under the age of 18, his parents should be included in the discussion. Sperm banking is done upon request of the physician only, and the physician recommends the need for sperm banking,” says Dr. 

From there, testing takes place.

“Men planning to bank sperm have blood work done to screen for sexually transmitted diseases, as well as a semen analysis to assess sperm parameters (count, motility and morphology/shape),” says Dr. Brady. “Men are usually encouraged to observe 2-3 days of abstinence (no ejaculations) before producing the sample for freezing, if possible.”