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Does COVID-19 Transmit Through Sperm?

By Cryos | 7/18/2022
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A new study carried out by our team of scientists suggests that COVID-19 does not transmit through sperm. The study shows that men do not risk transmitting the virus to their sexual partner. Moreover, couples or singles who use donor sperm for their fertility treatment do not risk infection.

People have questioned whether COVID-19 transmits through sperm – and with good reason. We should take every precaution to avoid transmitting the virus any further. At the same time, many people wish to be able to continue their fertility treatment safely despite the pandemic. Therefore, we decided to study the connection between sperm and the Coronavirus. 

In 2020, Cryos International’s department in the USA carried out a study that was approved by the Western Institutional Review Board.
 
During the study, men aged 24-57 delivered sperm samples after being diagnosed with the Coronavirus. Scientists studied the men’s semen and found that COVID-19 was not present in any of the examined samples.

Read the full study regarding COVID-19 here.

Donor sperm can be used safely during COVID-19

Cryos study brings great news to those undergoing fertility treatments with partner sperm or donor sperm.

In the unlikely event of a sperm donor having Coronavirus at the time of donation, his sperm will still be safe for use and will not risk transmitting the virus to women involved. 

A sperm sample being checked for COVID-19

Does COVID-19 affect sperm quality?

Another question that has been raised recently is whether the Coronavirus affects men’s sperm quality. It is well known that a period of illness, especially with fever, can affect men’s sperm cells negatively for some time. But, does the new pandemic virus have any long term effect on men’s reproduction?

Previous studies have suggested that COVID-19 does affect sperm quality. However, experts have criticized the studies for being too small and not being transparent enough.

This is why our scientists are currently working on a new study in collaboration with the Danish Hvidovre Hospital and CooperSurgical on COVID-19 and the potential long term effects on sperm quality. The scientists intend to examine sperm samples from a large group of men who have been tested positive for the virus.

We suggest you stay tuned for the results of such an interesting research project and read how Cryos handles the COVID-19 situation here.