Client Account and Storage Fees will increase on January 16, 2017. Please call us for details.

Sperm Storage Services

Storing Sperm

Sperm storage is a simple, accessible, and affordable option for individuals who are concerned about decreased fertility. Some store because they are facing possible sterility due to cancer treatment or surgery. Others are planning vasectomies or beginning the process of sex reassignment and choose sperm storage as a way of keeping their reproductive options open.

Sperm freezing, also known as cryopreservation, has been practiced for many decades. Cryopreserved sperm is frozen in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196 °C. The frozen sperm cells are held in a state of suspended animation and all cellular activity is essentially halted until thawing. After thawing, a percent of the sperm revive and return to the pre-freeze state. Many thousands of conceptions have occurred from the use of frozen sperm. According to the American Association of Tissue Banks, cryopreservation does not appear to alter or damage genetic material.

To store your semen samples, California state law requires that you be tested and found negative for evidence of infection with the following sexually transmitted diseases: HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, Human T cell Lymphotropic Virus-1 (HTLV-1), and syphilis.

TSBC requires that you complete this testing through our own lab, and we will collect a blood sample at the time of your first storage visit.

If you are storing sperm for your spouse or intimate partner you will be a Client Depositor, and the above list of tests are the only tests that will be required.

There is also the Directed Donor Account if you are storing sperm for a woman who is not your spouse or intimate partner. This type of account is more involved and requires a more extensive Directed Donor Screening process.

To begin the sperm storage process, please call us to schedule your initial appointment.

Find out answers to some frequently asked questions about storing sperm at THE SPERM BANK OF CALIFORNIA (TSBC). Our staff is available during business hours to answer any other questions you may have.

Client Depositor

To begin the sperm storage process please call us schedule your initial appointment.

The initial Set up Appointment can take up to take 2 hours. Any subsequent appointments for additional deposits are 30 minutes.

At the Initial visit you will:

  • Review and sign the Storage Contract
  • Provide a semen sample in our lab
  • Have your blood and urine collected at a secondary location.

Initial costs include:

  • The first 12 months of storage
  • All required blood and urine testing
  • Administration, account set up and consultation

Directed or Known Donors

To begin the sperm storage process please call us to request an e-information packet. Once all the required paperwork has been filled out by all parties (recipient and donor) and returned to TSBC, please call and make an appointment for the Account Set Up. 

At the Initial visit the donor will:

  • Review and sign the Storage Contract
  • Provide a semen sample in our lab
  • Have your blood drawn in our lab
  • Provide a urine sample in our lab

The initial Set up Appointment can take up to take 2 hours. Any subsequent appointments for additional deposits are 30 minutes.

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 will:

  • Provide an ejaculate for evaluation only
  • The ejaculate is not stored and can not be used for insemination.
  • TSBC lab will perform a complete semen analysis on the sample, freeze it, and thaw it a week later to assess cryo survival.
  • Results indicates the donor’s general fertility, and how well the donor’s sperm survives freezing.

Please email for more details. Or call 510.841.1858 ext. 4