Why do I have to store sperm?
|Cancer treatment can damage sperm in the testes. Freezing sperm is an option for men including adolescent boys.
Having children may not be your priority right now, but it can become important for some of you later. Following cancer treatment, some may not be able to produce sperm. As a result, their ability to have children may be affected.
Many can have their own children with the help of fertility treatment in the future if they freeze their semen before receiving cancer treatment.
When should the semen sample be frozen?
What will happen at the clinic?
If you decide to freeze sperm, you (and your parents if you are younger than 18 years old) will sign the consent.
You will be given a specimen cup, which is to be taken with you into a private room to produce a sample by masturbation. If you cannot achieve this, don’t worry as it is easy to make another appointment for this. Sometimes, you may be asked to produce two samples a few days apart to increase the number of sperm that can be stored.
What if I cannot produce a sperm sample?
|If you are worried about this, you can always talk to a member of the team caring for you. We can further discuss alternative ways of collecting your sperm.|
Can I request to see a male doctor instead?
What will happen to my sperms?
|Your sperm will be checked under the microscope for their number, motility and appearance.
They will then be stored in vials in a liquid nitrogen tank (an extra cold freezer). It will be kept in the freezer until you wish to use them to make babies or until when you do not wish to continue freezing them.
How can I use the frozen semen to make babies in the future?
|Be legally married before you undergo fertility treatment|
|We will collect eggs from your wife. We will then combine her eggs and your sperms together.|
|Embryos will be formed by fertilization in the laboratory and replace to your wife’s womb.|
|Your wife will become pregnant if it is successful.|
How long can I store my frozen semen in the laboratory?
|According to Code of Practice on Reproductive Technology & Embryo Research issued by the Council on Human Reproductive Technology in Hong Kong, you can freeze the semen samples until you are 55 years old or for 10 years, whichever later. You can specify an age limit lower than 55 years or a maximum period of shorter than 10 years.
The contract needs to be renewed every two years.
Can I terminate the storage contract?
How much does this service cost?
Further storage for every 2 years: HKD$ 6,600
(subject to changes)
How do I arrange the sperm freezing service?
We will try to arrange an appointment within one week.