Q: Do I have to be referred to Dreams Fertility by a physician?
A: No. There is no need to visit a physician or specialist prior to banking sperm with Dreams Fertility. Although we do recommend that you seek the advice of a professional, we understand that there are various reasons for banking your sperm and we want to provide you with quality service regardless of the reason for your visit.
Q: Why should I bank my sperm?
A: If you are about to undergo cancer treatment, radiation therapy, a vasectomy, or if you face a job hazard on a regular basis, you should strongly consider banking sperm. Those in the military and law enforcement should also consider sperm cryopreservation.
Q: How will I know if I have banked enough sperm?
A: The number of times you decide to bank sperm depends on your personal circumstances. Our staff will do our best to guide you through the sperm banking process, giving you as much information as possible so that you can make an informed decision. We always encourage our clients to seek counsel with their physician or a reproductive specialist for professional advice. If you are not currently working with a physician or reproductive specialist, we can provide you with a list of clinics and physicians that fit your needs.
Q: What is sperm motility?
A: Sperm motility is a measure of the percentage of sperm that can move forward normally. In many cases, the higher your sperm’s motility, the better its ability to fertilize an egg. However, sperm motility is only one factor attributed to your reproductive health, and your sperm’s ability to fertilize an egg can be affected by a countless number of other characteristics.
Q: Is there a minimum or maximum age for storing sperm?
A: No, need to maintain any age requirements. If you are a fertile male, storing your sperm is a viable option.
Q: How long can my sperm be stored?
A: With proper quality control and maintenance, your sperm can be stored indefinitely.
Q: Who will have access to my samples?
A: Only you, as the client, and/or the person you designate as the recipient of the sperm will have access to your sperm samples.
Q: What if I want to dispose of my sperm?
A: Contact us, and we will send you the appropriate paperwork and instructions. After you’ve completed the necessary paperwork and returned it to us, we will dispose of your specimens and send you a signed confirmation.
Q: What are the costs I can expect?
A: Dreams Fertility charges laboratory fees for the analysis, freezing, and preservation of your sperm. The first year of storage is included in this cost, and after your specimens have been stored for one year, we will send you a storage renewal notice. Dreams Fertility offers discounts to military servicemen and law enforcement officers such as police and firemen, and we are also part of the Fertile Hope referral network. Dreams Fertility does not work directly with insurance companies, but if your insurance provider will cover some or all of the cost of sperm banking, we will work with you in order to obtain reimbursement.
Q: If I’ve been diagnosed with cancer or an illness whose treatment may affect my fertility, should I bank sperm before treatment?
A: Yes, definitely. Chemotherapy, radiation, and other treatments for cancer and related illnesses can cause temporary to permanent infertility, and in some cases the effects of these treatments are evident immediately. Banking your sperm prior to treatment can alleviate some of your worries surrounding your reproductive health.
Q: What is male infertility? What are some of the causes?
A: Male infertility means that your sperm count is lower than normal or that your body cannot produce healthy sperm and you may have problems conceiving a child naturally. Some causes of male infertility can be genetic, but infertility can also be caused by medical treatment, hormonal imbalance, illness, age, or your lifestyle choices. Your physician or a reproductive specialist can help you determine if you are infertile and what course of action to take.
Q: How do I know if I’m infertile? Are there any symptoms?
A: Most men do not know whether they are infertile unless their fertility is assessed by a semen analysis. A semen analysis will tell you about your overall sperm count, your sperm’s motility, and other qualities that affect your reproductive health. Typically, there are no symptoms of infertility. Infertility usually is not discovered until a semen analysis is done and the sperm count or other factors appear abnormal.
Q: If my infertility is caused by a medical treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, will the infertility be permanent?
A: Unfortunately, only time will tell if your reproductive health will fully recover after receiving a medical treatment for cancer or a similar illness. Some patients‘ fertility bounces back after a period of several months, or up to several years. Other patients’ fertility may not return to normal levels, but this can only be determined on a case-by-case basis.
Banking sperm prior to receiving any medical treatments or therapies that may affect your fertility is a safe and effective way to avoid these types of issues. At Dreams Fertility, we want to provide you with thlatest technology and services to help you insure your reproductive future.