Preservation of reproductive cells (precautionary measure and donation)

Anyone may have their reproductive cells or their ovarian or testicular tissue preserved. Sperm cells made available for insemination are also preserved. The following charts show how frequently this occurs.

Sperm cells and oocytes, but also ovarian and testicular tissue, can be frozen in liquid nitrogen. Cryopreservation is used, for example, to store donor sperm. However, it can also be used in cases where fertility may be affected by medical treatment, such as chemotherapy. Irrespective of medical treatment, some women may wish to preserve oocytes in order to extend their fertility.

Further information

Reproductive Medicine Act effectiveness review

The FOPH reviews the effectiveness of the Reproductive Medicine Act.

Legislative projects

The Federal Office of Public Health is responsible for the legal work related to reproductive medicine.

Parliamentary Motions

Since the Reproductive Medicine Act went into force in 2001, more than 30 parliamentary motions have been submitted on the topic.

Expert opinions and recommendations

Expert opinions and recommendations on the legal regulations governing reproductive medicine

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Last modification 26.04.2021

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