Navigating the world of Personal Sperm Storage can be challenging, confusing and frustrating. We provide a list of resources below that may provide additional information and support, as you decide whether storing genetic material (sperm) is right for you. Timing is critical. If you think you may store, doing so before beginning gender-affirming treatments will give you the best options.
Gender Affirming Hormone Treatment (GAHT) is known to reduce or eliminate the production of sperm. The impact on sperm production is different in each person. Once GAHT starts and sperm production decreases or ceases, it can take three to six months, or longer, for sperm counts to return to typical levels, and in some cases sperm production does not return at all. For this reason, we strongly recommend storing before beginning GAHT if possible.
If you have already started GAHT, we recommend that you suspend use, if possible. Before opening the account, we recommend that you have a Semen Analysis performed to see if sperm is present. If sperm is present, we recommend opening an account and remaining off hormones during the collection process. If sperm is not present, taking more time off GAHT may allow sperm production to resume.
Account Type: Deciding which type of account to open is also important. If you are planning to store but have not identified who will try to conceive (i.e., the “recipient”), you should consider how you want to be able to use the vials in the future. For example:
- Client Depositor (CD) account can only be used with a Sexually Intimate Partner (SIP) in the future. This cannot be changed in the future. Consider the CD account if you know the only way you would want to have genetically-related children in the future is if your partner is able to conceive and carry a pregnancy.
- Directed Donor (DD) account gives you more flexibility. This type of account can be used with a SIP or spouse in the future, as well as be used for surrogacy or with a designated recipient (such as a friend who is willing to carry).
- Please review Our Types of Storage Accounts for more information.
We realize that there are other considerations when deciding whether storing is desired, feasible, or physically possible. Please see additional resources below and please call us at 510-841-1858 with any questions.
Note: Some of the more formal resources linked here may use problematic or outdated language. They are included because we feel the information is still useful in spite of this. If you are aware of additional resources or would like to suggest an alternative, please email us at [email protected]