Why are sperm samples left forgotten in freezing? Israel grapples with heavy financial burden

The Cost of Sperm Preservation: Balancing the Need for Fertility Insurance with Health System Burdens

Sperm freezing is a medical procedure that has become increasingly popular in recent years. While it carries no significant risks, it can be quite expensive for the health system and sperm banks. In some cases, patients are able to use their frozen sperm for fertility treatments or keep it as a form of “fertility insurance” for the future. However, this can lead to a growing burden on sperm banks and the health system.

Recent research by Dr. Roi Bitan and colleagues at Shamir Hospital (Assaf Harofeh) examined the use of frozen sperm samples over the past 30 years. The study included 1,490 men who had frozen sperm during that time period. The average age of freezing sperm was around 34, with most men using their frozen sperm within five to 15 years. The cost of preserving unused sperm samples for the health system can be significant, with thousands of doses remaining in storage.

The researchers noted that there needs to be a more customized approach to sperm preservation in order to avoid wasting resources and incurring unnecessary costs. Currently, there is no national database of sperm depositors, which makes it difficult to track usage and destruction of unclaimed samples. Finding a solution to the growing number of unused sperm samples in storage is essential in order to alleviate the burden on sperm banks and the health system.

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