Question: I am an educator for a human sexuality class. A student asked me an interesting question that I was unsure how to answer. Given that we know sperm can survive about 72 hours in a woman's body, how is it possible to keep sperm viable by freezing them? Answer: Sperm can survive for a long time under the right circumstances. In a woman's body we think that 72 hours is approximately correct, but the data supporting this estimate is not conclusive. In the lab, sperm can live 5 days or more provided they are removed from the seminal fluid and placed in a more nurturing environment.
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Fertility is fleeting, and not just for women. Turns out that men have biological clocks too, and, therefore, also experience an age-related decline in fertility. Specifically, as men age, sperm count and motility decline, making it more difficult for fertilization to occur. And, unfortunately, the DNA integrity of sperm also decreases with age, which can increase the chance that you will pass on genetic mutations to your offspring, leading to developmental problems like autism and schizophrenia. But while fertility is sometimes lost on the young, the rewards of parenting are not. So, if you are in your 20s or 30s, and becoming a father is on your bucket list, but somewhere near the bottom of that list, freezing your sperm might be the way to go. Scientific advancements have made sperm freezing — also called sperm banking — an effective, convenient, and affordable way for men to preserve their fertility.
Everything You Need to Know About Freezing Sperm
Sperm freezing and storage is the procedure whereby sperm cells are frozen to preserve them for future use. Scientists freeze the sperm using a special media then keep sperm in liquid nitrogen at minus C, and it can be stored for many years while maintaining a reasonable quality. Why would I want to freeze sperm? Unfortunately, life is unpredictable.
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