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Sperm Freezing for Fertility Preservation
a blog by Claire, December 7, 2012
If you’re a 30-something- year-old female, you’ve likely heard the word about egg freezing. But the latest buzz on fertility preservation isn’t about ways to chill your precious ovarian cargo, it’s about sperm freezing.
Men? Thinking about their future children? Cue the sound of women swooning.
An article in yesterday’s New York Post says guys are thinking with their *parts*, but for all the RIGHT reasons. Young men are no longer consulting the urologist for the sole concerns of sexual dysfunction or medical diagnoses. Prompted by recent studies on age related male infertility and inherited genetic disorders, young men are rushing to put their swimmers on ice.
One such study published in the journal Nature says male fertility suffers a decline similar to female fertility in the early to mid 30s. And just like egg cryopreservation, or freezing, sperm can be cryopreserved and banked in a similar manner. The costs are drastically lower than egg freezing, however, at just $500 a pop with annual storage fees of approximately $450.
Some of the social reasons for both men and women wanting to freeze their gametes include not being ready to settle down, or focusing on career during their 20s and 30s. Young men are acknowledging that “Miss Right” may not be kicking in the door, but when she does, they’ll be ready.
Now 30-somethings can put their minds at ease that just because they haven’t found a love connection yet, doesn’t mean their frozen gametes won’t bring their A-game later down the line. Though no guarantees can be made with frozen eggs or sperm, it is reassuring to know you’ve done all you can to give yourself the best shot at parenthood when the time is right.