Clients Freezing and Storing Semen: Cryopreservation
recommends that sufficient sperm samples be cryobanked to provide
sperm for at least 4 intrauterine inseminations containing at least
million motile sperm each. The number of samples needed to
this is entirely dependent on the sperm count and motility of each
For example, individuals with normal sperm parameters may satisfy this
level by freezing 2 semen samples. Individuals with less than
sperm parameters may prudently freeze several samples. Samples less
optimal for IUI may effectively be used in IVF. It is understood that
patients may not have sufficient time to freeze multiple samples before
undergoing their medical treatments. The Laboratory will provide the
data to the patient’s physician and will indicate whether additional
is recommended. Such a recommendation should not be considered a
The Laboratory does not have a comprehensive history of the patient’s
or future desires, so the recommendation is simply based on the semen
and the number of samples previously frozen. Regardless of the
of samples cryopreserved, the options for their use should be carefully
considered when the patient is ready to consider attempting a pregnancy.
requisition (order) for sperm cryopreservation provided by the patient’s physician is required before the initial appointment can be made. Requisitions may be FAXED to the Andrology Lab at 503-418-3708, or mailed. The Andrology Lab will FAX/mail the cryopreservation results to the requesting physician.
consent that provides us and the individual with the "written consent" needed for their use. This includes intrauterine insemination of, or IVF with, his female partner or designated recipient. This also applies to the posthumous use of the samples. If this consent is not signed then control over the disposition of frozen sperm samples does not automatically transfer to a spouse, partner, or to relatives in the unfortunate circumstance that the patient who provided the samples is deceased. This consent addresses these options and provides clear written documentation from the patient attesting to his wishes under these circumstances. Please contact the Andrology Lab 503-418-3790 for further information regarding consents for the use of cryopreserved sperm.
FEES FOR CRYOPRESERVATION OF SEMEN
Subsequent years of Sample Storage will be requested from you in writing on the Storage Renewal Form and payable in advance. Annual rates apply for each year or any portion of a year and are non-refundable.
Information in this section is intended to help physicians preserve a male cancer patient's fertility status. We appreciate there may be only a short and immediate period of time to collect semen for banking. Most patients will only to be able to bank one semen specimen. For future consideration, it is important to understand that one frozen/thawed specimen will usually provide enough sperm for several in-vitro fertilization procedures but not enough sperm for a single intrauterine insemination attempt. Also, the longer the patient is on some type of therapy the more likely it will lower his sperm production.
To help us prioratize the scheduling of your patient please have him or a family member register him as an OHSU patient by calling 504 494-8505. Since the preparation and freezing process requires 4.5 hours to complete, we must have the semen delivered no later than 12:00. We do not freeze semen on the weekend. To best facilitate the process please print and refer to the following PDF files:
not the partner of the recipient, (distinguished from above). Directed sperm donation falls under the FDA regulation of tissue products. To meet these regulations and our own internal policies and procedures, it is necessary to cryopreserve the semen, to test and screen the donor on the day of, or within 7 days before or after, the first donation, and to repeat the tests to provide a minimum 6 month quarantine. After the 6 month quarantine, University Fertility Consultants (UFC) reviews testing and screening results and determines whether the donor is eligible or ineligible. Under some circumstances, samples from ineligible donors may be released for use after obtaining the physician signature on an ineligibility notification form. Physicians at UFC are pleased to offer directed sperm donation as an option to their patients and will provide a written order to the OHSU Andrology Lab to begin the process.
I. Relevant Communicable Disease Testing and Screening
a. Testing is to be performed within 7 days before or after freezing the first semen sample but preferably on the same day. Testing is also to be performed to provide a minimum six month quarantine. The tests, run as a panel, include:
1. Physical ExaminationDonors must obtain an OHSU Andrology Lab Donor Physical Examination form to give to the physician for him/her to complete. Any physician may conduct the exam. In the Portland area, Dr. Eugene Fuchs, 503-525-0071, a specialist in male fertility and advisor to the Andrology Lab donor program, performs such examinations for a moderate fee. The examination must take place on the day of, or within 7 days before or after, freezing the first semen sample.
2. Medical History InterviewThe OHSU Andrology Lab will conduct a 10-15 minute interview, either in person or on the phone. The interview must take place on the day of, or within 7 days before or after, freezing the first semen sample. If the first semen sample is frozen at OHSU, the interview will take place at the time of that freeze. If not, the donor should call the Andrology Lab to schedule.
II. Cryopreservation of semen
Samples may be frozen at the OHSU Andrology Lab or at another FDA compliant laboratory if such laboratory agrees. For a discussion of the number of samples to freeze please discuss the contents of this with the managing physician.
III. Fees (for those who are not the partner of the recipient)
Fees are subject to change without notice.
A physical exam performed by a doctor is needed to complete eligibility.
This cost is not included here since you may use your doctor or ours.
For questions and to get started with the process: Please call the OHSU Andrology Lab, 503-418-3790.
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