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., MOT, Profile and Type.
Make your search for a sperm donor simpler by narrowing down your search using our filter options. For example, if your treatment is to take place at a clinic, we recommend that you ask your clinic whether there are requirements or recommendations regarding quality (MOT), type (IUI / ICI), delivery, CMV status, Standards or other conditions.
Criteria that may be important for you to filter also includes selecting ID Release (formerly Non-Anonymous) or Non-ID Release (formerly Anonymous) donors, race, ethnicity, eye color and even height.
Use the points below to guide you through the decisions you need to make before ordering.
Clients from the state of New York are required to have a doctor, nurse or midwife complete a Release Authorization. This form is their approval for donor semen to be used for artificial insemination in your home. Specimens cannot be shipped to homes in New York without a signed Release Authorization.
Remember to check the pregnancy quota for your country if you are ordering internationally.
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. In the US, you may use either ID Release of Non-ID Release donors. If the form of treatment is home insemination, you do not have to concern yourself with these regulations.
The following types are available:
- ID Release + Basic profile
- ID Release + Extended profile
- Non-ID Release + Basic profile
- Non-ID Release + Extended profile
You can read more about Sperm Donor Types here.
3. Find Your Sperm Donor!
Begin by creating your account through a valid email. Now you can find your favorite sperm donor. Limit your search as much as possible according to your most important criteria. If you do not see enough options, remove one of your selected filters to show more donors.
After creating an account, 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 can choose to only bring forward your favorite donors by checking off “Only show favorites”.
4. Pregnancy Quota and Reservation
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.
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. Quota reservations are not intended for US residents.
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 millions of motile (mobile) sperms cells per ml. For example, 'MOT10' means that there are 10 million motile sperm cells per ml after thawing. Please remember that our straws are .5 ml, so a MOT10 will contain between 5 – 9.5 million motile sperm cells per straw.
6. How Much Donor Sperm Should I use?
Both ICI and IUI straws can be used.
We recommend using 2 x ICI or IUI MOT10 straws. In order to have the best chance of getting pregnant we recommend that you wrap around your most fertile time by inseminating once you have an LH surge and then again 12 hours later.
MOT5 straws are not suitable to use for home insemination as they do not contain a sufficient number of motile sperm cells.
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 if your clinic consents.
We recommend that you always ask your clinic for advice before you place your order.
ICI straws can only be used, if the sperm is prepared at your clinic prior to 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. We recommend that you ask your clinic for advice before you purchase your order.
IVF and ICSI at a clinic
Both ICI (if your clinic is preparing the sperm) and IUI straws can be used.
We recommend using 1 x MOT5 straw. Straws with a higher MOT can also be used.
7. Should I Order Immediately or Can I Wait?
When you order donor sperm, you can choose to purchase for delivery and/or reserve 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 you can receive sperm from your favorite sperm donor, you must reserve immediately! Reserving for all your anticipated treatments reduces your risk of your sperm donor being sold out, and gives you the option to have genetically related siblings. If you have used all the straws you need and have straws left in reservation, we can purchase them back at 75% of cost. Read more under Reservation
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 either a small nitrogen tank that lasts 7 days or a large nitrogen tank that lasts 12 days. Read more under Delivery of Donor Sperm.
9. When you are ready to order
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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.