Update on Sperm Banking

  • Pankaj Talwar


Sperm banking has become a widely accepted compendium of infertility treatment and in recent times mooted as having a new role as fertility insurance. Once looked upon with improbability, this practice has established time and time again to be a successful technique of keeping the anticipation of a family alive for countless families. The motives for storage are as diverse as humans themselves. So far, no limit has been established for how long human semen can be frozen when maintained and stored in appropriate liquid nitrogen storage. Scientific literature shows, conclusively, that the sperm motility, viability, and morphology are not affected by proper long-term cryopreservation. Cryo thaw semen pregnancies have been reported after 2–3 decades of semen banking. Appropriate screening should be carried out before semen banking, till standard guidelines are available. However, the current recommendations being followed for sperm banking are guidelines by the British Andrology Society and the Practice Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.


Sperm banking Cryopreservation of semen Male gamete banking Donor screening in sperm banking Legislation related to sperm banking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.ART CentreArmy Hospital Research and ReferralNew DelhiIndia

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