Fertility preservation

It has long been the practice to freeze sperm prior to disease treatments that pose a risk of sperm damage and reduced fertility after treatment.  Given the age limit for fertility treatment of 55, this applies to younger men.

In some cases, women may donate eggs for freezing before disease treatments that reduce fertility.  However, stimulation is required prior to oocyte pick-up.  This treatment takes 2-5 weeks, depending on where the woman is in her menstrual cycle.  Fertility treatment using frozen unfertilized eggs is under development, but the results are still very poor.  If the woman has a partner and it is possible to freeze fertilized eggs, the chance of pregnancy is much higher.  Frozen fertilized eggs may normally be stored for up to five years, but under special circumstances, couples may apply to the National Board of Health and Welfare to obtain an extension.

There is no time limit on frozen storage of sperm and unfertilized eggs.

Note! These measures are urgent, so direct contact with the Fertility Unit is recommended.

Mandatory testing before freezing

Before freezing, testing for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, HTLV I and II, and syphilis is mandatory.


Page revised Thursday, April 7, 2011

Content manager: Anna Wistrand

Published by Anita Pettersson