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Should you be considering sperm cryopreservation?

Sperm cryopreservation is a technique which is a recommended strategy to preserve male fertility for men who have low sperm count, low testosterone and/or is in need for cancer care treatment.  The purpose is to cryopreserve sperm, which can last for many years, preserving one’s future fertility potential.

When there is existing low sperm count then one can expect that there is testicular dysfunction.  When this type of glandular dysfunction exists, like any other gland (thyroid, pancreatic, etc.) the current low sperm production simply signifies a situation where there will be further declines with time, invariably.  Hormonal abnormalities (with FSH, LH, testosterone, etc.) can often be coexistent with low sperm, but it is not a cause-and-effect situation.

In other words, when there is low testosterone (low-T), there is almost always low sperm count; however, not necessarily vice versa.  Testosterone levels can be totally normal and there may still be a low sperm count present.  The complete hormonal profile should be understood by the patient. Taking testosterone supplementation, in the context of low testosterone levels, is not recommended if one is trying to have a child.

That said, the use of sperm cryopreservation for future fertility comes in very handy in the context of low-T; patients can take testosterone supplementation and yet preserve fertility when specimens are frozen.  If testosterone levels are low and the patient is taking testosterone injections or any other form of supplementation, one can expect their sperm levels to drop during such treatments; thus, it is not advised to take any form of testosterone if considering fertility.

Cryopreservation of sperm is a very handy tool and one can expect declining testicular function over time.  Current and future fertility are always considerations and at MCRM we provide this service, routinely, for future fertility preservation for males.  I strongly recommend that men consider sperm cryopreservation to avoid the affects of low testicular function, whether it be evidenced by low sperm counts or low-T or both. 

If you are interested in learning more, we encourage you to schedule an initial consultation. At such a time we can discuss, in detail, your particular situation and evaluate if sperm cryopreservation is a recommended course of care for you.  The process is simple and quick.

Sincerely and regards,

Peter Ahlering, M.D.

Medical Director