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Male Fertility Preservation with Footsteps To Fertility Centre

If you are diagnosed with a cancer where the recommended treatment may affect sperm quality or production, you may wish to consider sperm freezing in order to preserve your chance of having a family in the future when you are well again.

Male infertility is an inability to produce healthy sperm or to ejaculate sperm.

It is important to discuss this with your cancer specialist, who may refer you directly to a fertility specialist, depending on the urgency of your situation.

Both chemotherapy and radiotherapy may affect sperm production. The effect may be temporary or permanent.

Once your treatment begins, it may be too late to collect and preserve your sperm.

Couples preparing for IVF may need to store semen specimens in advance of the procedure. Others may want to preserve their fertility due to military service, occupational risks, or for other personal reasons.

At Footsteps To Fertility Centre located  in Nairobi, Kenya we are glad to offer this male fertility treatment as an option for patients who may have been diagnosed with cancer.

Feel free to contact us, chat with us  or directly reserve an appointment below. We offer a healthier and safer option for women wishing to conceive with little or no drugs, fewer side-effects and reduced stress.

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What is Sperm Freezing

Sperm freezing and storage is the procedure whereby sperm cells are frozen to preserve them for future use.

Why would I want to freeze my sperm?

Unfortunately, life is unpredictable. There are many situations that could interfere with your future fertility. These may include

  • Chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

  • Certain types of pelvic or testicular surgery.

  • Vasectomy.

  • High-risk occupations or sports.

  • Diabetes, which may cause erectile difficulty.

  • Being away from home on day of assisted reproductive treatment.

  • Anxiety on the day of treatment (backup storage)

  • Sperm can also be frozen in men who are planning on undergoing vasectomy, with a history of vasectomy or who recently had vasectomy reversal.

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What are the benefits of  Sperm Freezing?

Sperm freezing can preserve fertility for men who:

  • Are about to have treatment for cancer, or undergo prostate or testicular surgery, all of which can harm sperm quality or production

  • Men who live away from their spouse or will not be present during the day of an assisted reproductive treatment  – IUI or IVF

  • Plan to have a vasectomy.

  • Are in high-risk professions with exposure to chemicals, radiation or extreme heat that can cause sterility.

  • Suffer ejaculatory dysfunction.

How Does Sperm Freezing Work?

It is preferable if, before your first appointment,  blood tests for hepatitis B, hepatitis C , syphilis and HIV are arranged. We routinely screen for these infections because they may be transmitted through the semen, and to minimize the risk of contamination during storage.

Sperm samples are collected, prepared and frozen as soon as practical in order to achieve the best survival rate when subsequently thawed.

If you are unable to produce a sperm sample or if there are no sperm in the semen, it may be possible to collect sperm directly from the testicles in a procedure called testicular biopsy, where the sperm are obtained by passing a fine needle directly into the testicle under local or general anesthetic.

These sperm, while usually few in number, may be used at a later date for IVF or ICSI.

About 25-50% of the sperm will survive the process of freezing, and they can be stored for many years.

When pregnancy is desired, IUI or IVF can be done. Success rates using frozen-thawed sperm are comparable to fresh collected sperm in men with normal semen parameters undergoing IVF.

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