Using sperm posthumously: National guidelines versus practice

Arieh Raziel, Shevach Friedler, Deborah Strassburger, Sarit Kaufman, Ana Umansky, Raphael Ron-El

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Under pressure from involved families and time limitations, Israeli judges tend to authorize postmortem sperm retrieval and freezing, even in unmarried men and in contradiction to current, albeit non-legally binding, guidelines of the Attorney General. Postmortem sperm retrieval in our institution (2003 to June 2009) was successful in 17 cases, motile sperm was found in 16/17, and cryopreservation was performed in 15/16: no application for use of any of the postmortem frozen samples has been performed thus far.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1154-1156
Number of pages3
JournalFertility and Sterility
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Posthumous reproduction
  • postmortem sperm procurement
  • postmortem sperm retrieval
  • sperm cryopreservation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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