To begin the sperm storage process, please call us at 510-841-1858 to request an information packet and relevant paperwork for Directed/Known Donors as they need to have a physical exam and complete all paperwork before an appointment can be scheduled. For Client Depositors please call to schedule your initial appointment. At the first visit you will provide urine, blood and semen samples in our lab.
For a Client Depositor account, we do a complete semen analysis on your sample to determine sperm count and motility. If your semen contains no sperm, we will not store the sample and we will reduce the fee for your visit. However, we will store all semen samples that contain some genetic material. Advances in reproductive technologies make it possible for conception to occur, even with samples with very low sperm counts or even from samples with non-motile sperm.
For Directed Donors and Known Donors we highly recommend you schedule a semen analysis and test thaw appointment with TSBC prior to setting up a storage account. At this appointment, the donor provides an ejaculate for evaluation only—the ejaculate is not stored and cannot be used for insemination. Our lab will perform a complete semen analysis on the sample, freeze it, and thaw it a week later to assess cryo survival. The semen analysis indicates the donor’s general fertility, and the test thaw indicates how well the donor’s sperm survives freezing.
The person or people who will be using the sperm to achieve pregnancy will need to register as recipients on the account.