Sperm banking is of great help for couples with
infertility issues, but sometimes sperms of the husband is stored and frozen.
Freezing and storing the sperm of the husband has its own advantages and
moreover there are some disadvantages of using fresh semen. Read on to know more.
Sperm banking is primarily resorted to as a part of donor
insemination. But there are other aspects to it that can prove to be
useful. In certain cases the sperms of the husband is stored and frozen; which
is later used for the treatment of the wife. Given below are the usual
circumstances where it may be necessary:
Dysfunction in Males - Under this case of erectile
dysfunction, the husband may not be able to produce a sperm sample through
the process of masturbation. So when the wife is ready for the IUI
or the IVF
cycle, the frozen sperms comes handy. This is because at the required time the
husband may not be able to provide a sperm
sample. However it has also been observed that since the tension is off, the
husband can be at a much relaxed state as he already has a frozen sperm sample.
So at the required time, he is quite able to provide the sperm sample without
Relationship – This is when the husband is into a career that requires him
to travel extensively. That is, either he is working overseas or into navy or a
very busy business traveler. Under these situations, the frozen sample can be
used to treat the wife at a convenient situation.
Variable Sperm Count
in Males – When a man has such a characteristic, it makes sense if he is
stores up the ‘good samples’ for future use. But it is important to take note
of a point here. Even if a lot of frozen samples are pooled together, it does
little to enhance the overall quality of the sperm.
Cancer in Males –
Cancers are known to affect the body and its various organs unsuspectingly and
thereby pose danger for many organs. So the man would like to protect his reproductive
potential by taking advantage of this opportunity to conserve his sperms. The
frozen sperm can be used to inseminate the wife at a later date.
The semen sample obtained from the donor is always used in
frozen form. The use of fresh semen sample for artificial insemination can
prove to be dangerous for the woman. So samples are obtained from the sperm
bank which has been cyro-preserved and tested. It is important to ensure that
the number of motile sperms in the frozen samples is adequate.
Using Fresh Semen
Here are some disadvantages of using fresh semen:
records of the family and medical history of the donor may not be
detailed study that matches the physical traits of the donor and the
husband cannot be performed.
- If the
donor happens to be an acquaintance, there can be legal, emotional and
egoistic turmoil in the relationship between the husband and the wife.
the regular tests will not be performed, the quality of the sample will
period of treatment cycle is very delicate and a donor might not be
available at the critical juncture.
fresh semen cannot be tested for HIV, the fear of AIDS is also there.
Using fresh semen absolves all these disadvantages as the required
tests can be carried out. The treatment can happen on the desired time
according to convenience and the quality of the sample is always assured.