Wish to Preserve My Genetic Ability to Father a Child

Dear Dr. Reed,

Going on a feminizng hormone program with you shortly, and thinking ahead to an orchiectomy.  Do you suggest I consider cryopreservation  of a seminal specimen?  Angela

Dear Angela,

This is a very good idea.  One lab in south Florida has been referred to you, IVF Florida Reproductive Associates. Perhaps the best time to produce a specimen is before going on estrogens, as the seminal quality may be affected.  If you are contemplating cryopreservation, the sperm bank will need to ask, do you have a female companion who may become the bearer of your children, or are you thinking of a surrogate gestational carrier.  If the latter, the FDA has rules in place to protect that carrier from receiving a sexually transmitted disease.  This means 7  days before fertilization, you need to have a battery of about 8 blood tests to rule out the presence of STD’s such a syphilis, HIV, chlamydia, etc.

I will be happy to provide a requisition for these tests, which are done at Unilab, in Ft. Lauderdale.


Harold M. Reed, M.D.


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