1) Availability of Donor Sperm
At Cryos International Sperm and Egg Bank, those wishing to purchase donor sperm for fertility treatment buy sperm in “straws”. There are two types of sperm straws you can buy: IUI straws or ICI straws (containing washed/prepared sperm and unwashed/unprepared sperm, respectively). To know which type of sperm straws to order, speak with your fertility clinic who will be able to advise you.
Knowing how much donor sperm to order can be difficult and it’s recommended you speak with your fertility specialist. However, as a guide, Cryos recommend purchasing between one and four ICI straws (depending on your sperm donor’s sperm motility) and one IUI straw (of high sperm motility) per cycle of IVF. (Find out more about how much donor sperm to order here.)
Before you purchase donor sperm, consider how many rounds of IVF or ICSI you plan to have and if you wish to retain donor sperm for future treatments. It’s important to have enough donor sperm straws for your entire treatment (bearing in mind it takes most people a few attempts of fertility treatment to get pregnant).
Fortunately, you don’t need to purchase straws for current fertility treatment and possible future attempts straight away. At Cryos, you can reserve extra sperm straws for a small fee. Not only does this give you peace of mind that you can use the same donor for future fertility treatments, but it also increases the chances of your donor-conceived child having genetically-related siblings.