Ordering Donor Sperm

Before ordering donor sperm, you must choose your favourite donor. Start by carrying out a search. To make the search easier, you should limit your search criteria as much as possible – e.g. Standard, Profile and Type.

You should only search for sperm donors who are relevant to your search criteria. If, for example, you are to be treated at a clinic, it is important that you select Standards that the clinic is allowed to use. Remember also to check the pregnancy quota. You can also limit your search by selecting Anonymous or Non-Anonymous. Other questions may relate to quality, how much to order, whether to reserve for later use and when and how delivery will take place. Use the points below to guide you through the decisions you need to make before ordering.

1. Which Standard?

If treatment is to take place at a clinic, you should make sure that the donor and donor sperm meet the legislative requirements in the clinic's home country. In other words, what we call Standard. If the form of treatment is home insemination, you do not have to concern yourself with Standard. Cryos ships donor sperm all over the world, and given the fact that many countries have different selection, screening, documentation and approval procedures, a sperm donor may be processed and donor sperm released according to different rules and regulations.

If treatment is to take place at a clinic, we recommend that you ask your clinic whether there are requirements or recommendations regarding Standard, quality, type, delivery or other conditions.

2. Which sperm donor type and profile?

The next step is to decide which sperm donor type and profile you want. If you are being treated at a clinic, special rules may apply, as some countries have a ban on treatment with certain types of sperm donors. If the form of treatment is home insemination, you do not have to concern yourself with these regulations.

The following types are available:

  • Anonymous + Basic profile
  • Anonymous + Extended profile
  • Non-Anonymous + Basic profile
  • Non-Anonymous + Extended profile

You can read more about sperm donor types here.

3. Find your sperm donor!

Now you have to find your favourite sperm donor. Limit your search as much as possible according to your chosen Profile, Type and Standard.

You can indicate your favourite donors by checking the checkmark box “Add to favourites” after seeing the donor details. When carrying out subsequent searches, you choose only to bring forward your favourite donors by checking off “Only show favourites”.

4. Has the pregnancy quota been reached?

You should make sure that the sperm donor has not reached the pregnancy quota. This is especially important when you are going for treatment in a clinic.

You can check the pregnancy quota in donor search by clicking on the donor name or number and selecting the Clinic Country and Patient Country under Check Pregnancy Quota.

5. Which type and quality of donor sperm?

You now have to decide which sperm quality (MOT) you want. The type of straw you choose (ICI or IUI) must conform to your form of treatment:

  • ICI: Contains unpurified sperm, also referred to as raw sperm. Used for vaginal and intracervical insemination or - following a purification procedure - for intrauterine insemination.
  • IUI: Contains purified sperm, also referred to as prepared sperm. Used for intrauterine insemination (insemination directly into the uterus) or for IVF treatment.
  • MOT: An abbreviation for 'motility', i.e. the number of motile (mobile) sperms cells per ml. For example, 'MOT10' means that there are 10 million motile sperm cells per ml after thawing.

6. How much donor sperm should I use?

Home insemination
ICI and IUI-ready units can be used.

We recommend using 2 x 0.5 ml straws MOT20, i.e. with a minimum of 20 million sperm cells per ml, alternative for instance 1 x MOT30 + 1 x MOT10.  If 0.4 ml straws you will need 3 straws.
Units with MOT10 or higher MOT can also be used.

Units with MOT5 should not be used.

If the timing is correct, there is no need for more than one insemination per cycle. We recommend using a urine ovulation test-kit, supplied from any pharmacy. Follow the instructions attached.

IUI treatment at a clinic
ICI and IUI-ready units can be used.

IUI-ready straws:
We recommend using 1 x 0.5/0.4 ml straw IUI MOT10 per treatment.
Units with a lower or a higher motility than MOT10 can be used.
We recommend to ask your clinic’s advice before you make your order.

ICI-straws:
ICI straws can be used. The sperm must be processed at your clinic prior to treatment.

We recommend using 4 x ICI MOT5, 2 x ICI MOT10 or 1 x ICI MOT20 straw or higher motility per treatment.
We recommend to ask your clinic’s advice before you make your order.
We do not recommend using the swim-up method for donor sperm that has been frozen. If ICI donor sperm is to be processed using the swim-up method, you should use 2 x ICI MOT20 straws or higher quality per treatment.

IVF and ICSI at a clinic
ICI and IUI-ready units can be used.

We recommend using 1 x 0.5/0,4 ml straw IUI MOT5 or ICI MOT5.
Units with higher motility than MOT5 can be used.
We recommend to ask your clinic’s advice before you make your order.

7. Should I order immediately or can I wait?

When you order donor sperm, you can choose to purchase for delivery and/or reserve/purchase donor sperm, which we then store for you. This ensures that the donor straws are available for possible delivery and treatment at a later date.
If you want to be sure of receiving sperm from your favourite sperm donor, you must reserve immediately! Not just for one treatment, but for all treatments. Also for siblings. Do not run the risk of your sperm donor being sold out.

You should place your order as soon as possible and at least 2 days before the desired shipping date. You select the shipping date when ordering online.

8. When and how do I want shipping?

When you order donor sperm you should place your order as soon as possible and at least 2 days before the desired date of shipping, which you select yourself online, timely enough to make sure that the delivery takes place latest the day before insemination/treatment. You can choose between dry ice or nitrogen tank delivery. Read more under Delivery of donor sperm.

9. When you are ready to order

Begin your online order here: Donor search
See also our Terms of Agreement.

Did you find the answers to your questions?

If not, please contact us and we will do our utmost to help you. Cryos Customer Service communicates in the following languages: Scandinavian, English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.