If you experience infertility due to a low sperm count, a complete lack of sperm or are a same-sex couple, you can often still achieve a pregnancy using donor sperm. You can arrange for sperm through one of several national certified sperm banks where donors are appropriately screened and the sperm is quarantined. Donor sperm can be used for insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
Selecting Your Donor
CNY Fertility is in the process of growing its own sperm bank for clients around the world to access. At this time, however, you will select your sperm donor using an approved sperm bank’s website.
CNY Sperm donors are anonymous, but the donors usually provide a childhood picture. The donor database offers personal demographics (i.e., hair color, height, ethnicity, etc.), as well as essays written by the donor. Some cryobanks even offer voice recordings of interviews with the donor. In some cases, recipients can find out if previous pregnancies have resulted from that donor’s sperm.
In the case of a known donor (i.e., a friend or family member), you will still need to have an infertility work-up. In addition, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires a 6-month quarantine of the sperm sample period in order for the cryobank to test the donor sperm for sexually-transmitted diseases; freeze the sperm; and release the sperm to CNY Fertility.
After you select the donor and the quarantine period has passed, the cryobank sends the frozen sperm sample directly to CNY Fertility, where we will thaw the sperm and analyze it in our lab. From there, you will undergo an intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF) cycle using the donated sperm. Additional frozen sperm specimens can be kept at our center for future use