Once thawed, the contents of the vial will be liquid. Warm the vial to body temperature in your hands or under your arm before inseminating. And please do not store the vial in your refrigerator or freezer prior to thawing—a standard freezer is not sufficiently cold to keep sperm frozen. If you are planning on inseminating at home we will provide you with a needle-less syringe for vaginal insemination. Remove the syringe from the plastic wrap, and pump the plunger in and out a couple of times to break the seal.
Everything You Need to Know About Freezing Sperm
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The time it takes to conceive with frozen sperm is largely dependant upon several factors: the woman's age, the method of insemination and the accuracy of timing the insemination close to ovulation. The average is eight 8 months for all age groups combined. Studies have shown pregnancy rates are more than twice as high when IUI intrauterine insemination placing the sperm directly in the uterus is performed as compared to when the sperm is placed in the vagina close to the cervix ICI or Intracervical Insemination. A woman under 35 can expect an average conception time of 4 to 5 months, whereas conception for a woman approaching 40 or over 40 may take many months, or even years, without medical intervention. If you're under 35 and don't conceive in 4 to 5 months, a fertility evaluation and treatment, if indicated combined with intrauterine insemination will increase the chances of pregnancy for most women. If you're approaching 40, you may want to consider a fertility evaluation before you even start inseminating; PRS can provide this. Statistically, intrauterine insemination IUI or In-vitro Fertilization IVF combined with treatment, if indicated, will increase the chances of conceiving sooner for this age group.
Frozen sperm as good as fresh for IVF treatment
Many of our patients are undergoing fertility treatment for male factor indications, and undergo insemination therapy. This may be patients who are using donor sperm from a sperm bank, or patients who are using their partner's sperm, but the sperm has been frozen partner out of town, or other indications. We are often asked if the success rates will be affected by the use of frozen versus fresh sperm. As well, we are asked if the number of inseminations performed per cycle will affect the success rates.
The finding should make it easier to organize IVF procedures and increase options for infertile couples. IVF in vitro fertilization is a technique that helps couples with fertility problems to have a baby. If the man has a low sperm count or no sperm in his semen at all — for example because of an inherited disorder or as a result of cancer — then viable sperm has to be retrieved directly from the testicle with a biopsy. This is then either used straight away as fresh sperm, or frozen for future use.