For men undergoing cancer treatment, working in hazardous conditions, or undergoing a vasectomy, the issue of lasting infertility may be a concern.
In fact, a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that 77% of men who did not have children wanted to preserve their fertility following cancer treatment.
The cryopreservation (freezing) of sperm is a simple, effective method for men to preserve their fertility. Typically, sperm preservation includes going to a sperm bank and donating the sample on-site.
For men who don’t live near a sperm bank or who are uncomfortable donating on-site, it may seem that alternatives for sperm preservation are lacking.
However, at-home sperm collection kits and overnight shipping are available to men across the country.
These kits allow men to effectively collect, store, and ship their samples to any number of banks, all from the comfort of their own home. Upon receipt, the banks will typically test the samples for viability and quality.
The sperm will then be stored frozen at the bank until it’s requested by the donor.
Depending on the bank, men can then choose to have their samples shipped to a fertility clinic when the time comes.
The at-home kits are relatively inexpensive.
For example, the Priority Male Kit from Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc. costs $65, which includes return shipping. A number of storage options are then available depending on how long the sample will be stored.