Ordering Donor Sperm

Before ordering donor sperm, you must perform a search and choose your favorite donor. To make the search easier, you should limit your search criteria as much as possible – e.g. Standard, Profile and Type.

You should only search for sperm donors who are relevant to your search criteria. If, for example, you are to be treated at a clinic, it is important that you select the Standards that the clinic is allowed to use. Remember also to check the pregnancy quota for international orders. You can also limit your search by selecting Anonymous or Non-Anonymous. Other questions may relate to quality, how much to order, whether to reserve for later use and when and how delivery will take place. Use the points below to guide you through the decisions you need to make before ordering.

If treatment is to take place at a clinic, we recommend that you ask your clinic whether there are requirements or recommendations regarding Standard, quality (MOT), type, delivery or other conditions.

Clients from the state of New York who are picking up the specimens at our office or having the sperm shipped directly to their home, are required to have a doctor complete a Release Authorization. This form is the doctor's approval for donor semen to be used for artificial insemination either at their office or the client's home. Specimens cannot be picked up in our office or shipped to a home without a signed Release Authorization from your doctor.

1. Which Standard?

If treatment is to take place at a clinic, you should make sure that the donor and donor sperm meet the legislative requirements in the clinic's home country. In other words, what we call Standards. If the form of treatment is home insemination, you do not have to concern yourself with Standards. Cryos ships donor sperm all over the world, and given the fact that many countries have different selection, screening, documentation and approval procedures, a sperm donor may be processed and donor sperm released according to different rules and regulations.

2. Which Sperm Donor Type and Profile?

The next step is to decide which sperm donor type and profile you want. If you are being treated at a clinic, special rules may apply, as some countries have a ban on treatment with certain types of sperm donors. If the form of treatment is home insemination, you do not have to concern yourself with these regulations.

The following types are available:

  • Anonymous + Basic profile
  • Anonymous + Extended profile
  • Non-Anonymous + Basic profile
  • Non-Anonymous + Extended profile

You can read more about Sperm Donor Types here.

3. Find Your Sperm Donor!

Now you have to find your favorite sperm donor. Limit your search as much as possible according to your chosen Profile, Type and Standard.

You can indicate your favorite donors by checking the checkmark box “Add to favorites” after seeing the donor details. When carrying out subsequent searches, you choose only to bring forward your favourite donors by checking off “Only show favorites”.

4. Pregnancy Quota and Reservation

You should make sure that the sperm donor has not reached the pregnancy quota. To search for donors who have not yet reached the pregnancy quota for the chosen country, we recommend that you first enter your country of residence and treatment country.

Some countries require a Quota Reservation to ensure their local pregnancy limits. A quota reservation enables you to use a donor by reserving a potential pregnancy.

5. Which Type and Quality of Donor Sperm?

You now have to decide which sperm quality (MOT) you want. The type of straw you choose (ICI or IUI) must conform to your form of treatment:

  • ICI: Contains unpurified sperm, also referred to as raw sperm. Used for vaginal and intracervical insemination or - following a purification procedure - for intrauterine insemination.
  • IUI: Contains purified sperm, also referred to as prepared sperm. Used for intrauterine insemination (insemination directly into the uterus) or for IVF treatment.
  • MOT: An abbreviation for 'motility', i.e. the number of motile (mobile) sperms cells per ml. For example, 'MOT10' means that there are 10 million motile sperm cells per ml after thawing.

6. How Much Donor Sperm Should I use?

Home insemination
Both ICI and IUI straws can be used.
We recommend using 2 x ICI or IUI MOT10 straws. Higher MOT or more straws can be used, but is not necessary.

MOT5 straws are not suitable to use for home insemination.

If the timing is correct, there is no need for more than one insemination per cycle. We recommend using a urine ovulation test-kit, supplied from any pharmacy. Please follow the instructions in the package.

IUI treatment at a clinic

  • IUI-ready straws:
    We recommend using 1 x IUI MOT10 straw per treatment, but a higher or lower MOT can be used.
    We recommend that you always ask your clinic for advice before you make your order.

  • ICI-straws:
    ICI straws can also be used, if the sperm is prepared at your clinic prior to treatment. After preparation, we recommend 5 million motile sperm cells for an IUI treatment.

    If you use ICI straws we recommend 4 x ICI MOT5, 2 x ICI MOT10 or 1 x ICI MOT20 straw or higher, per treatment. If ICI donor sperm is to be prepared using the swim-up method at the clinic, you should use 2 x ICI MOT20 straws or a higher quality per treatment. We do not recommend using the swim-up method for donor sperm that has been frozen.
    We recommend that you ask your clinic for advice before you make your order.

IVF and ICSI at a clinic
Both ICI and IUI straws can be used.
We recommend using 1 x MOT5 straw. Straws with a higher MOT can also be used.

We recommend that you ask your clinic for advice before you make your order.

7. Should I Order Immediately or Can I Wait?

When you order donor sperm, you can choose to purchase for delivery and/or reserve/purchase donor sperm, which we then store for you. This ensures that the donor straws are available for possible delivery and treatment at a later date.
If you want to be sure of receiving sperm from your favorite sperm donor, you must reserve immediately! Not just for one treatment, but for all treatments. Also for siblings. Do not run the risk of your sperm donor being sold out.

You should place your order as soon as possible and at least 2 days before the desired shipping date. You select the shipping date when ordering online.

How long before ovulation should I place my order?

Please place your order well in advance. Cryos needs 2 days to handle your order before it is shipped. Then you need to add the shipping time.

You select the shipping date when placing your order online. The shipping date you select must be at least 2 days after the date you place your order. If your ovulation is unpredictable or variable we can always modify the shipping date of your order at a later stage if needed.

If you require an express delivery, please Contact Customer Service.

8. When and How do I Want Shipping?

When you order donor sperm you should place your order as soon as possible and at least 2 days before the desired date of shipping, which you select yourself online, timely enough to make sure that the delivery takes place the day before insemination/treatment at the latest. You can choose between dry ice or nitrogen tank delivery. Read more under Delivery of Donor Sperm.

9. When you are ready to order

Begin your online order here: Donor Search
See also our Terms of Agreement.

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At Cryos, we wish to support and help you on your journey to parenthood. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need further information.