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FAQ

  • I've already started chemotherapy or radiotherapy, can I still store semen?


    In most cases the Sperm Bank is unable to store your sperm after commencement of your cancer treatment. This is because your sperm may have temporary genetic damage. It is therefore extremely important that you contact us before commencing chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Please contact us if you have already started treatment and we will consult further with your doctor.


    Does freezing damage the sperm?


    Some of the sperm are damaged and destroyed in the process of freezing but many will usually survive.


    How long can sperm be frozen?


    Sperm have been used successfully after being frozen for many years.


    What happens to frozen semen that isn't used?


    If you have informed us of an address change and have paid your annual storage fees, then any frozen semen will be kept until you are ready to decide what you want to do with it. It cannot be used for any other purpose without your permission. Victoria Law states that sperm can be stored for ten years. It is possible to seek an extension beyond ten years if necessary. 


    Talking it over


    Talking it over can help to work through any concerns. Counsellors are available through the Reproductive Services Unit at the Royal Women's Hospital (+61 3 3845 3200) or Melbourne IVF. An appointment can be made on (+61 3 9473 4418).


    For Cancer Patients


    The Anti-Cancer Council's Cancer Information Support Service line can provide you with information on cancer support services and on a wide range of topics related to your cancer. They also have trained counsellors available for brief telephone counselling. Phone 13 1120 Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 8:00 pm.