Los Angeles, CA (Nov. 2008) - War-bound soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can still father children after injury or even death if they bank their sperm before deployment - but the military does not offer sperm banking or suggest it to men before they deploy to war zones. Other military services around the world, including Israel, provide these services free of charge for all of their soldiers.
California Cryobank (CCB), the world's leading full-service tissue bank offers discounted services to military men who wish to store semen before deployment, as well as a post-mortem retrieval program that allows for semen retrieval within 48 hours after death (sperm should be retrieved as soon as possible, but certainly within 48 hours). This Veteran's Day (November 11th) the company announced that it will extend the unique program for another year.
"California Cryobank is honored to provide our soldiers this valuable service, allowing them to have families and continue their legacy," says Dr. Cappy Rothman, MD, co-founder and medical director of California Cryobank. "We appreciate everything our troops do for us, so we think it's important to bring awareness and let them and their families know these options exist."
Dr. Rothman's experience with semen storage for the military dates back to 1975, when he witnessed soldiers returning from the Vietnam War become sterile from injuries. Pharmacological studies had also found that mustard gas and other chemical weapons caused infertility in soldiers. Dr. Rothman and his team continued their efforts to provide semen storage and post-mortem retrieval to soldiers during the Gulf War and also in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Recently, California Cryobank has been called upon to retrieve post-mortem sperm from soldiers killed in combat in America's two wars. Post-mortem retrieval is sometimes difficult, depending on the nature and extent of the injuries sustained, but can usually be accomplished if it is done relatively soon after death.
For military men who want to father children, Dr. Rothman recommends banking sperm before deployment, just to be safe. "No one wants to think that they will be gravely injured or killed in war -- but if a family wants children, this allows them that option, no matter what happens."
First Responders Now Included
California Cryobank has recently expanded its standard military semen storage discount program to include the nation's first responders – firemen, policemen, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians.
Because these brave civil servants are willing to risk their lives and potential future families by safeguarding the public every day, California Cryobank believes they deserve the opportunity to be protected themselves.
Semen storage is a valuable service which benefits men prior to medical treatments such as chemotherapy that may result in infertility. Many men simply choose to store their semen in case of an unforeseen future injury or infertility.
California Cryobank offers military and civil service first responders one year of free personal semen storage as well as 50% off all standard service fees (including an initial consultation, semen testing, freezing, and ongoing storage past the first year). The total cost is $325.75 which includes $160.00 fee for an initial consultation plus one free year of storage, and $165.75 for legally-required infectious disease testing.
CCB's discounted fees and free first-year semen storage apply exclusively to members of the military and/or firemen, policemen, paramedics, and emergency medical technicians (active valid identification required) and are available at all three of its offices:
- California Cryobank Los Angeles
11915 La Grange Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
- California Cryobank Palo Alto
700 Welch Road, Suite 103
Palo Alto, CA 94304
- California Cryobank Cambridge
950 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
All three offices can be reached at 866-477-3762.
About California Cryobank
Founded in 1977, California Cryobank (CCB) is a full-service sperm bank offering the industry's largest and most diverse donor catalog. CCB provides a comprehensive resource for frozen donor semen, private semen cryopreservation, and specialized reproductive services (including egg and embryo storage). California Cryobank is one of the largest private frozen tissue banks in the world and is registered with the FDA, accredited by the AATB (American Association of Tissue Banks), licensed by CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments), and licensed in every state where required. California Cryobank has recently won the 2008 Ektron All Star Award for Best Healthcare Website, based upon its use of Ektron CMS400.NET to deliver information and services, build and connect online communities and interact with customers to grow the organization.