IVF-Orange is licensed by the State of California Tissue Bank, CLIA compliant and FDA registered. We are committed to providing excellent cryopreservation services for Semen and Embryos.
Sperm Cryopreservation and Sperm Banking
Sperm Cryopreservation Process
The California State Department of Health requires that all tissue donors (self, husband, anonymous and known donors) are screened for infectious diseases prior or on the day you collect your first semen sample.
The current law requires that sperm is tested for the following diseases:
- HIV I and II antibody
- HTLV I and II antibody
- Hepatitis C antibody – HCV
- Hepatitis B surface antigen – HepBsAg
- Syphilis -RPR
1. Make an appointment to collect a semen sample. All services require an appointment.
2. Abstain from ejaculation for two to five days prior to your appointment
3. On the first visit, bring Photo ID. Sign and fill out all forms and consents as well as blood draw for law labs (copy of blood screening if done elsewhere).
4. The next day, call back to discuss results and the number of vials needed to be collected and stored.
Sperm Cryopreservation Fees
(Fees are subject to change without notice)
Initial Sperm Freezing with CSA $240
Subsequent Sperm Freezing $220
Initial Blood Test (LawLabs) $250
Sperm / Embryo Storage:
1 month $70
1 year $300
2 years $550
3 years $750
Complete Semen Analysis (CSA) $110
Complete Semen Analysis
(CSA – with 3h – 6h motility reading) $140
Partial Semen Analysis $75
Basic Sperm Wash $150
Gradient Wash $200
Gender Preselection (Male or Female) $680
Please call for an appointment.
Optimally, samples are collected in private collection room at our fertility center. Samples should be collected in a sterile laboratory container provided by our center. Samples collected at home should be brought to our laboratory within one hour of collection and kept at body temperature during transport.
About Short-Term and Long-Term Sperm Storage
The semen sample is first examined and analyzed microscopically for Count, Motility, Motility Grade. Depending on the volume and number of motile sperm in the original sample, the semen sample either needs to be washed (IUI ready) or Unwashed (ICI) and the number of vials divided into 1.0 ml. The sample is then mixed with a cryoprotectant solution to provide protection during freezing and thawing. The cryoprotected sample is placed in the special plastic cryo-vial. Each sample vial is labeled with the Client Name, ID Code, Date, Vial Number, Type of Freezing with a permanent marker by a licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS). Each freezing, there will be a small volume of semen, “test- freeze” vial to help determine the % of sperm surviving the freezing process. The vials are slowly cooled in the vapor phase then immersed in liquid nitrogen tank at a temperature of -196°C (- 371 °F).
How many semen vials does one need to store?
The number of vials to be stored depends on may factors, such as semen quality, assisted technology, medical background of recipient and time constraints. The patient, with the advice from the physician, needs to decide on how many samples to freeze. The number of vials depends entirely on the count and motility after freezing. Most physicians recommend vials, after thawing, contain at least 10-20 million of motile sperm. The goal is to preserve a reasonable amount of vials to produce a pregnancy.
How long can semen stay frozen?
The viability of cryopreserved semen may be maintained indefinitely under liquid nitrogen -196°C (- 371 °F). However, generally we suggest to our patients to store vials up to 10 years. Problems such as birth defects, miscarriage and tubal factors are possible in any pregnancy. There is no increased risk of any of these problems associated with cryopreserved semen.
Sperm Banking Advantages
- It is safe, private, and easily done
- Frozen samples have a nearly infinite shelf-life.
- Sperm freezing provides a safety net against future illness or accident, which might damage your fertility.
- Stored sperm can provide options for future offspring while still allowing a vasectomy in the present, giving men the best of both worlds.
- Banking can insure a secure heritage for your family’s future.
- Ideal for treatment of timed intra-uterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro insemination (IVF), when a partner is not present, e.g. military, travel or convenience.
- Pooling multiple specimens is possible in cases of low sperm count.