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Sperm banking involves the freezing and storage of your semen/sperm in liquid nitrogen tanks.
Sperm banking is provided to adults and adolescents who are
about to undergo cancer or hormone treatments which are known to damage sperm and sperm production. Sperm banking is also provided to patients undergoing surgical procedures i.e.
vasectomy etc. and to couples having IVF treatment. Sperm banking can also be
arranged for security purposes i.e. Australian Defense Force personnel.
You must consult with your doctor who will arrange all necessary paperwork and appropriate infectious screening prior to banking your semen. You must book an appointment and adhere to the sexual abstinence instructions prior to attending for your appointment. Finally, you must complete a sperm storage request, and consult your doctor, nurse or the laboratory staff should you have any questions about the storage request.
All sperm banking patient records and storage requests are
maintained by the Andrology Data Manager. It is imperative that you inform the
Andrology Data Manager of any changes to your details contained within your
original storage consent form, e.g. change of address or mobile number. Changes
must be communicated in a timely manner to the Andrology Data Manager to ensure
continued contact between both parties; if you are uncontactable, this may
affect the continued storage of your gametes (sperm). Should you wish to cancel
your storage with RWH Andrology Unit and Sperm Bank, you must notify the
Andrology Data Manager and follow the process for cancellation. The Andrology
Data Manager will ensure your samples are stored within the legally allowed 10 year
storage period, and can assist you with storage extension applications, which
are made via the Patient Review Panel.
Please be advised transfer requests
take a minimum of two weeks to schedule.
To arrange the transfer of your stored semen sample(s), you must
first complete a transfer consent form.
This form must be signed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org along with a copy of your driver’s license (or another
form of photo identification) and the recipient laboratory transfer
documentation. For long distance transfers, you must organise a courier (e.g.
Should you wish to cancel your storage with RWH Andrology Unit and
Sperm Bank, please complete a cancellation form and send a signed copy to email@example.com
along with a copy of your driver’s license (or another form of photo