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Sperm Banks – Sperm Collection and Screening Process

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Sperm Banks – Sperm Collection and Screening Process

Many couples have a difficult time conceiving due to sterility or male infertility problems and turn to sperm banks as a solution. Sperm banks or cryobanks are facilities that collect and store sperm from donors to help single parents or infertile couples conceive.

 

Sperm Banks for Sperm Donation

In an article by Maria Trimarchi for Discovery Fit & Health  about sperm banks, the author writes about the basics of sperm collection and the reasons why sperm donors need to be screened.

 

 

Sperm banks focus primarily on the collection, screening and supplying of sperm. They also provide a selection process for potential donor recipients. Once a sperm donor is accepted into a program, that donor regularly provides samples. Samples are collected frequently — every few days to once a week. Donors are asked to abstain from ejaculation — like they were in the screening process — for two to seven days for an optimal sperm specimen.

Sperm Banks for Storage

Fertile men can also use sperm banks to preserve their sperm  for future use when they need to undergo vasectomy, surgery or cancer treatment. Men whose work put their fertility at risk, like soldiers or law enforcers, can also bank their sperm.

 

For men who choose to bank sperm for future use, costs for storage vary from one bank to another. Storage fees are determined by the number of samples and the length of time banked. Fees can run from hundreds to thousands of dollars and it’s important to review all costs before working with any sperm bank, whether donating, storing or selecting.

Donating sperm is not as easy as you imagine. Sperm banks accept less than 10% of applicants.   To know more on sperm and sperm banks donation criteria, visit SPERM.org  for more information.

 

 

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