On your first visit, the specialist healthcare team will discuss sperm banking and answer any questions or concerns.
You will be asked to have blood tests before making your sperm deposit. This is to check for HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. If you have any of these viruses, you can still store your sperm but you will need to have further medical advice.
You will be asked to provide some sperm by masturbating. This will then be frozen and stored. When you are ready to have a child, your sperm can be thawed and used to artificially inseminate your partner.
To provide the right sample, you may need to make several visits to the clinic. You should not ejaculate for three days before sperm storage to ensure the best amount and quality of sperm in your sample.
Unfortunately not everyone is able to donate their sperm. If you have a low sperm count or poor sperm quality, you may not be able to do so. Also, the freezing and thawing process can all affect the quality of the sperm count.
If you find it difficult to relax in the clinic or have mobility issues, in some circumstances, it is possible to ejaculate into a condom at home. This is only possible if the sample can be taken to the clinic within an hour. You will need a special condom provided by the clinic that does not contain lubricant or spermicide.