Please note: if you are a regional patient, please contact your local Monash IVF clinic for recommendations of preferred laboratories in your region.
Costs to Freeze Sperm
Some men may choose to safeguard their future fertility options to use at a later date for a variety of reasons. Sperm freezing involves the collection, vitrification (freezing), and storage of sperm. Later, when the time is right, the sperm requires thawing to then be used in or .
At the moment, there is no Medicare rebate for sperm freezing. At Monash IVF, there are fees for the initial collection of the sperm and fees per year for storage. We also offer a few different payment options, including the use of ZipMoney.
How Does Freezing Your Sperm Work
First, you’ll need to produce a sperm sample which can be done in a way that is right for you. While it is a self-collected sample, it’s recommended to produce the sample in a private andrology suite at one of our clinics. However, you can also arrange to do this at home as long as the sample is not exposed to extreme temperatures and is brought in within one hour.
Once collected, the sperm will be extracted from the semen, counted and assessed for quality, and then frozen. This method, called vitrification, involves keeping the sperm stored at a freezing temperature for a period of time. Each state has a different time limit depending on regulations.
Freezing Sperm for IVF
Depending on your health and social, cultural, or religious beliefs, sperm retrieval can be carried out in a few different ways, which you’ll discuss with our nurses and fertility specialists. When done correctly, this process for IVF isn’t less effective than using fresh sperm. However, not all sperm will survive the freezing and thawing process. It’s good to remember though that not all the sperm has to be thawed and used at once.