Sperm storage, often referred to as ‘sperm banking’ or ‘fertility preservation’ has been provided in Nottingham for many years, usually for patients embarking on a therapy which may render them infertile or sterile. These include:
- Urological surgery e.g. Prostate, Bladder, Testicular Biopsy, Vasectomy
- Spinal Surgery
- Gender re-assignment
- Some men also store sperm as part of a treatment for infertility, although this is not usually ‘long term’.
Requesting Sperm Banking
All patients who require sperm storage should receive the relevant patient information leaflet and must complete a series of legal consent forms before their sperm can be stored.
To qualify for NHS funded sperm banking the patient must be referred by a specialist or department, which has agreed to fund it. However, anyone can have their sperm banked and can refer themselves to the unit providing they are willing to pay.