Most 21-year-old men aren’t thinking about their fertility and ability to start a family. Unfortunately, Richard Pott was forced to consider his paternal future when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 21.
Upon his physician’s advice, he froze samples of his sperm before undergoing cancer treatment that could make him infertile. A generation later, Richard and his new wife Rebecca decided it was time to build a family together.
Due to complications with endometriosis, Rebecca and Richard chose to undergo IVF therapy in order to conceive. Their first child, Henry, was conceived using fresh sperm following 2 cycles of IVF.
The couple decided to try for a second child, but had lost hope after 4 failed IVF cycles. That’s when they decided to try Richard’s “rainy day” frozen sperm sample.
Five embryos were generated from the couple’s cells – 2 were implanted immediately and the other 3 for frozen. The first round of IVF using 2 embryos generated from the frozen sperm was not successful.
However, the second round of IVF, which used 2 of the previously frozen embryos, proved successful. Baby Vivienne was born by caesarean section nine weeks early due to maternal complications. She is now a healthy, happy little girl.
Fertility experts believe that Richard’s sperm is the longest that sperm has been frozen and used successfully in Britain. Richard says that he hopes their story will “… give hope to other people who are in similar circumstances.”
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