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Donor Sperm — It's Worth the Cost
a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Director of Operations, Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc., November 18, 2010
Donor sperm pricing varies by sperm bank, but generally speaking donor sperm is not cheap. It shouldn’t be. Donor sperm that will be used for an artificial insemination (IUI) or for in vitro fertilization (IVF) should be produced from the best donors, have the most testing and be a quality specimen.
When you break down all that goes into producing one little vial of donor sperm, you see why it is indeed worth the cost.
- First, sperm banks have to screen hundreds of men just to find one man who meets all of the health history qualifications.
- Once we find a man who meets the health history qualifications, we have to screen his sperm samples to identify men with above average sperm that will survive the freeze thaw process.
- Then, if the prospective donor meets all of the above requirements, we test him for infectious and genetic diseases. We do more testing than is required by the FDA in order to go above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of the donors and the patients.
- While a donor is in the donor program, he is producing donor sperm, and having periodic screening and testing completed to ensure his continued eligibility and healthy living. The staff is working closely with the donor to monitor his health and lifestyle to ensure healthy donor sperm.
We ensure that our donor sperm is of the highest quality from healthy men so you can feel safe in creating your family.