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(Testing requirements have been updated since this brochure was printed. Click here for the updated list.)
'He Looks Just Like Dad' by Linda Kramer; People Magazine, 9.10.07 pp 111 to 112.
Iraq war widows Maria Sutherland and Kathleen Carrol-Smith have beautiful healthy babies - despite the fact that both fathers at the time of conception had already died. Kathleen used Fairfax Cryobank to store her husband's sperm before he was deployed. Fairfax Cryobank director, William Jaeger is quoted as saying 'Technology has given couples options. You can have a child after your spouse passes away." Fairfax Cryobank has banked sperm for over 500 servicemen since 2002.
Read a story highlighting Fairfax Cryobank's sperm storage program in USA Today (February 12, 2007) Science Makes Fallen Soldier a Father
Special Program: Active Duty Military receive the first year of storage free. (Available at our Fairfax Cryobank facilities in Fairfax, Austin, Philadelphia, and Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc in Roseville, MN)
Fairfax Cryobank, a Genetics & IVF Institute Cryobank, has been
in operation since 1986 and has grown into one of the largest commercial
anonymous donor sperm banks in the country. In addition, we have provided
sperm cryopreservation and storage services for individuals and oncology
patients at our Fairfax, Virginia and Austin, Texas facilities. Click
here for a listing of our facilities and affiliated freezing centers.
Fairfax Cryobank is also proud to offer
Priority Male overnight collection kit in association with Cryogenic
Laboratories Inc. of Roseville, MN. Priority Male offers men the opportunity
to cryopreserve their semen specimens prior to medical treatment, even
if they are unable to travel to a sperm bank.
Several situations exist where sperm storage is an option:
1. You are purchasing donor sperm from our donor registry and want to store specimens for future use. View our Vial Buy & Store page for more information.
2. You need to store your own sperm. You may want or need to store your own sperm due medical issues or becasue you are unsure of when you will conceive a child. See further details below.
3. You want to use a designated (known) donor and want to store his semen for future use. View our Designated (Known) Donor page for more information.
Why consider cryopreservation of your own sperm?
Prior to cancer related therapies: Oncofertility
Before you or someone you love begin any form of cancer treatment,
consult with your doctor about the risks of sterility or infertility.
Many common cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation
may permanently affect your ability to father children. Sperm freezing
prior to, or in the early stages of, treatment offers men the security
of knowing that the possibility of fatherhood is preserved. The rapid
advancements of assisted reproductive technology have greatly enhanced
the chances for men undergoing cancer treatment or other therapies
that result in sterility, to father their own biological children.
Cryopreserved specimens, when properly stored, will remain viable
for almost an indefinite period of time. Pregnancies have been reported
for cases in which the sperm has been stored for 20 years prior to
thawing and insemination. Click
here to view an article in The Cancer Journal from Scientific
American regarding preservation of reproductive function before therapy
Fairfax Cryobank, a state licensed and inspected facility, has one
of the largest inventories of cryopreserved oncology patients' semen
in the United States. Based on our expertise and location in the metropolitan
Washington, D.C. area we receive many referrals from the National
Cancer Institute, Bethesda Naval Medical Center, Walter Reed Army
Medical Center, and other local hematologists, medical and radiation
Fairfax Cryobank understands the urgency of beginning cancer treatment
as soon as possible; therefore, we reserve appointment times for oncology
patients every morning. If possible, it is advantageous for patients
to bank all semen specimens prior to beginning their chemotherapy
or radiation treatment. However, recent studies have shown that viable
samples can be collected in the early stages of some treatments. The
quality of each individual's sperm sample varies and may depend on
the patient's condition and previous medication or treatment.
"Cryopreservation of semen should be offered to cancer patients
irrespective of the type of disease."
O. F. Pardon, M.D., et al.
Effects of cancer on spermatozoa quality after cryopreservation: a 12
Fertility and Sterility, vol. 67, no. 2. February, 1997.
Prior to testicular, prostate or similar surgery
Prior to vasectomy
Prior to an Assisted Reproductive Technology procedure
By storing semen prior to IVF, GIFT, ICSI or similar procedure,
the availability of the sperm sample at the critical time of the procedure
For high-risk occupations
Many occupations put men at "high risk" of injury to their
reproductive system and possible infertility.
People who work with environmental pollutants.
Workers in X-ray or nuclear environments.
Firemen, policemen and construction workers who are prone to falls
and other accidents which could result in testicular injury.
Men in military service.
Hockey, soccer, basketball and football players run a particularly
high risk of testicular injury which may impair fertility.
For oligozoospermia patients
Sperm banking may help treat men with oligozoospermia, or low sperm
concentration. We concentrate the semen specimens, cryopreserve and
store them. The specimens are then pooled by the physician to increase
the probability of pregnancy.
"Cryopreservation should still be considered even in cases of
decreased semen quality because today's assisted reproductive technologies
have resulted in pregnancies using very low numbers of sperm."
Fertility after cancer treatment - a guide for patients.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 1995
Click here to read more Sperm Storage FAQs
Click here to read more about oocyte (egg) freezing.