How do I get started?

How do I get started?

First step is to get started is to contact us  to schedule a sperm analysis and initial consultation. Once we verify your specimen can be preserved, we will schedule you to see our physician for a donor medical examination and initial infectious disease testing. Depending on donor type (directed donor, known donor/sexually intimate partner, or client depositor), collections will also be able to be started.

How long does the initial process take?

We can schedule you for a sperm analysis within a 24-hour notice. We ask that you remain abstinent for a period of 48 – 72 hours prior to your first appointment. Results of the sperm analysis will be completed and sent to you within two business days. Once confirmation of sperm preservation is made, we can schedule you to see our physician and begin collection.

Note: Expedited processing is available for cancer patients and a semen analysis may not be required for severe urgency patients.

What are the steps involved?

  1. Semen Analysis
  2. Donor Medical Examination
  3. Initial Infectious Disease Testing
  4. Genetic screening (Optional).
  5. Collection
  6. FDA Mandated 6-Month Quarantine Period (not required for known donors/SIP)
  7. Follow-up Donor Medical Examination (not required for known donors/SIP)
  8. Follow-up Infectious Disease Testing (not required for known donors/SIP)
  9. Long-term storage (Optional)
  10. Distribution (to your healthcare professional’s clinic, or your home)

What is the difference between a directed donor, known donor, client depositor, and sexually intimate partner?

A directed donor is a sperm donor who will be storing his sperm for later use by a recipient who is not a sexually intimidate partner. Collections may be made up to one month after completion of a medical examination and initial infectious disease testing. 6-month quarantine with follow-up medical examination and infectious disease testing is required.

A sexually intimate partner (SIP), also referred to as a “known donor”, is a sperm donor who will be storing his sperm for later use by a recipient with whom the donor has been/is sexually intimate. Collections are made in a period 7-days prior to and 7-days after the medical examination and initial infectious disease testing. 6-month quarantine with follow-up medical examination and infectious disease testing is not required as long as recipient signs an acknowledgement waiver.
Note: some medical professionals will not work with samples which have not been tested for infectious diseases.

A client depositor is a sperm do nor who is storing his sperm for potential future use by a recipient whom the donor may or may not currently know (personal storage). 6-month quarantine with follow-up medical examination and infectious disease testing is required.

What is sperm morphology?

Morphology classifies sperm as a useful indicator of exposure to environmental and occupational toxicants. In this analysis, the size and shape of the sperm is examined for abnormalities such as head, mid piece, or tail defects.

What are the “progression grades” and what do they mean?

This is the observed speed of the progressively motile sperm cells.

A “0” indicates an absence of any forward progression.

A “1 – 1.5” indicates poor movement, weak or lethargic forward progression.

A “2.0 – 2.5” indicates moderate movement, with some forward progression.

A “3.0 – 3.5” indicates good movement, showing definite forward progression.

A “4.0” indicates excellent movement, showing strong rapid forward progression.

What does “vitality” mean?

Also called “percent motility”, this is the total percentage of progressively motile sperm cells observed as compared to the total sperm concentration.