Couples or individuals may use donor sperm for a variety of reasons. Some men may have no sperm or poor semen quality (which would be determined through a Semen Analysis.) Some men know that they are carriers for specific genetic abnormalities that they do not wish to pass to their offspring. Donor sperm also allows individuals and female same sex couples to build their families through donor sperm with IUI or IVF.
Choosing a Sperm Donor
FSMG works with a number of reputable sperm banks (see partial list below.) Patients may choose to purchase donor sperm from other sperm banks that have AATB accreditation.
Each sperm bank provides detailed profiles for their donors, including genetics screening, medical history and personal information such as education and family background. Donors must meet specific minimum criteria and test negative for infectious diseases prior to becoming a donor, as directed by the FDA.
California Cryobank – www.cryobank.com
Seattle Sperm Bank – www.seattlespermbank.com
Fairfax Cryobank – www.fairfaxcryobank.com
Fertility Center of CA – www.spermbankcalifornia.com
The cost per specimen and shipping fees will vary depending on the sperm bank.
Known Sperm Donors
Some individuals/couples chose to use a known sperm donor. Known sperm donors must follow the same screening guidelines as anonymous donors, as directed by the FDA. This includes a physical exam, a questionnaire for high-risk behaviors, and a set of infectious disease labs at an FDA-approved lab within 7 days of donation. This evaluation and screening can be performed by a local urologist or at one of the national sperm bank. Please contact our staff if you have additional questions regarding the specifics of known sperm donation.