Choosing Fresh or Frozen Donor Sperm

There are several things to consider when choosing fresh or frozen donor sperm

Using Frozen Donor Sperm
Sperm available through a sperm bank has already gone through quarantine and necessary testing and can be used immediately. Sperm banks offer information about each donor to assist you in your selection. A sperm donor must be selected early in the treatment cycle to allow enough time for shipment to Boston IVF.

Using Fresh Donor Sperm
FDA regulations provide the option to use freshly collected donor sperm, but in that situation, the known donor is required to have the complete set of infectious disease testing done within seven (7) days of collection of the semen specimen that is being used. This means that if the first insemination treatment is unsuccessful, and more inseminations are required, the known sperm donor has to undergo repeated infectious disease testing until the treatment is successful.

This strategy is very costly, given that the cost of doing the entire panel of infectious disease testing is over $1,000 each time. In addition, at Boston IVF, the recipient of a fresh sample from a known sperm donor is charged a $4,300 administration fee up front to cover all of the screening. The $4,300 admin fee (non-refundable) covers all of the donor’s tests and repeat tests within a 12 month period. If they pick a new donor it would be another $4,300.

Frozen Donor Sperm at Significant Savings
Boston IVF and the Seattle Sperm Bank have collaborated to provide, for our patients, a diverse selection of donor sperm at a cost that is much lower than other sperm banks. Boston IVF patients receive a savings up to $200 or 25% less per sample. Anyone interested in this service must be seen by a Boston IVF physician.

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Choosing Fresh or Frozen Donor Sperm
Considerations for choosing fresh or frozen donor sperm.