This blog post is in reference to a question we’re often asked, and with good reason; how many sperm freezing kits should I order? We want to preface this topic by advising that you always speak with your doctor. Everyone is different, and so the answer may vary from person to person. This post is going to cover the basic rule, which is the more you cryopreserve now, the easier it will be for you in the future. When it comes to securing the possibility of parenting a child, we truly believe that the safer side is the way to go.
Our home sperm freezing kit
To provide a bit of background on our home sperm freezing kit; the standard kit includes a sterile collection cup and protection media (to keep your swimmers safe on the way to our lab), an ice pack and a thermal case, a FedEx pak and a Biohazard bag, instructions and a prepaid overnight stamp. To get a more in depth look into our sperm freezing kit and the instructions, click here.
There are a few measures to take into account when deciding how many kits to order. These include cost, the number of children you plan on having, timing (when ordering multiple kits you will need to wait at least 2 and no more than 5 days between ejaculation), which procedure you intend on having once your sperm is retrieved (some require more sperm, such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), while others such as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (a type of IVF) require just one motile sperm), and sperm quality.
How does it work in detail
Usually, we can extract between 3 to 5 vials from each kit. A vial is a small container used to hold liquids. As the technology for utilizing sperm has become very advanced, it’s possible for fertility procedures to achieve successful pregnancies with a very small amount of sperm.
A cycle of Artificial Insemination (AI), in which a medical practitioner uses a catheter to introduce sperm into the woman’s reproductive system during ovulation, typically requires 1-2 vials of sperm. Common types of AI include Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and Intracervical Insemination (ICI). AI is the most simple insemination procedure and typically not an expensive one. However, it requires a large amount of good quality sperm. Therefore, in order to keep the AI option open, you will need to store more sperm. This means that the cost of freezing sperm will be more expensive (sperm freezing kits + storage), while the procedure itself will be less expensive than IVF. Freezing sperm in greater quantities will provide you, depending on your doctor’s advice, the flexibility to try several cycles of AI before moving to IVF.
In-vitro Fertilization (IVF) is performed at a lab, combining the egg and sperm outside the body in a petri dish. Once the egg is fertilized, it will be inserted into the uterus. This procedure typically requires 1 vial. As mentioned earlier, Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), an IVF procedure where a single sperm is injected directly into the egg, can be performed with one motile sperm. You can learn more about each procedure here. The Mayo Clinic advised that if the woman is over 40, IVF is the choice procedure for pregnancy. Other reasons people opt for IVF are certain health conditions in the woman, poor sperm quality in the man, or lack of success with AI.
If the flexibility of having AI in the future is not a key consideration for you, it is more about securing the chance to have children in the future than changing the procedure itself. Depending on the amount of children you plan to have in the future, utilizing 1, 2 or 3 kits should allow you to preserve and secure your fertility.
So how many sperm freezing kits should I order?
The number of samples for preservation is a personal choice and is driven by many personal health, plans for the future and budget factors. As every customer has different circumstances and different dreams, we always advise you to consult your doctor about what is right for you.
Having said that, as big data and crowd wisdom are drivers in the world of technology, we can share a detail that may directionally help you with your decision. Most of customers choose our “Recommended Package”, which includes two kits, a year of storage at no additional charge, all lab processing, sample testing for count and motility, optimal vial split, priority overnight round-trip shipping and all in 5 interest-free payments.
As of today we offer the lowest the cost of freezing sperm in the market, along with optimum payment plans. Order our at-home kits today to enjoy great benefits for a your family in the years to come.
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