We hope that all of our families, donors, and clients are safe. We have resumed our M-F schedule.  All recipient and client visits are by appointment only, including tank returns. We will post updates to our hours here. Please call us with questions or to schedule at 510.841.1858. Telephone hours are 9:30-4:30 PST.

We appreciate your continued support. If you are able, and appreciate our one-of-a-kind, ethical and inclusive, non-profit family-building program, please consider a tax-deductible donation to ensure others can also use TSBC to build their families.

We recognize that building your family in the midst of COVID can add additional challenges. Explore our “Getting Support” page for resources that can help, including a list of mental health providers that specialize in fertility. 

Types of Accounts

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We have different types of storage accounts that you should review before calling to set up your appointment. If your (future or current) intimate partner/spouse will carry the pregnancy (and not a friend or surrogate), you can open a Client Depositor account (base cost $1,100 or $1,300). If there is a chance anyone other than your partner would carry, it is recommended to open the Directed Donor account (base cost $2,000). Once the Client Depositor account is established, it cannot be changed to accommodate use by anyone other than your spouse or intimate partner.

A Client Depositor is an individual who stores sperm for the use with their spouse or intimate partner. Call to schedule an appointment.

A Directed Donor is an individual who stores sperm for a designated recipient who may or may not be an intimate partner or spouse. Any stored vials in this account are quarantined for six months prior to release. For the Directed Donor account, we need to email you paperwork and information for completing a physical before you can
schedule your first appointment. We recommend opening a Directed Donor account for minors, as it offers the most flexibility for use in the future. Additionally, if you are unsure who will be carrying the pregnancy, select to open a Directed Donor account.

A Known Donor is the same as a Directed Donor but allows the recipient to waive the recommended six-month quarantine of the semen samples. A Known Donor account should be opened when the need is time-sensitive or the donor is traveling from out of state. Like the Directed Donor account, we need to email you paperwork and information for completing a physical before you can schedule your first appointment.

A Transfer Account is for individuals who have sperm samples stored elsewhere in the United States but would like to have those samples transferred and stored at TSBC. 

At THE SPERM BANK OF CALIFORNIA (TSBC), we encourage recipients to be involved in the Directed Donor and Known Donor screening process from the very first visit in order to ensure clear communication between all parties. It is important that recipients consult by phone with a TSBC healthworker prior to scheduling the first appointment. 

The recipient and donor will have joint decisions to make regarding the donor’s screening, how many storage visits the donor should make, and whether to wash their semen samples for intrauterine insemination (IUI) prior to storage.