Ordering Donor Sperm

Before ordering donor sperm, you must choose your favorite donor. 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. You can for example limit your search by choosing the correct Standard that your chosen healthcare professional 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 guidelines below to help you through the decisions you need to make before ordering and read our blog post about what to consider when choosing a sperm donor.

1. Which Standard?

When you are treated by a healthcare professional, you need to make sure that the donor and donor sperm meet the legal requirements in the healthcare professional’s home country. This is what we call Standard. Cryos is shipping 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 screened and released on the basis of different rules and regulations.

We recommend that you ask your healthcare professional whether there are special 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. For fertility treatment by a healthcare professional, special rules may apply, as some countries have restrictions on treatment with certain types of sperm donors. 

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

Click here to start your sperm donor search now. You can select your favourite donors by checking the checkmark box “Add to favourites” after seeing the donor details. When carrying out additional searches, you choose only to bring forward your favourite donors by choosing “Only show favourites”.

4. Pregnancy quotas and quota reservations

You must make sure that the sperm donor has not reached his pregnancy quota. To search for donors who have not yet reached the pregnancy quota for the selected country, we suggest that you start by typing in your country of residence and the country of treatment.

Some countries require a Quota Reservation to ensure that their local pregnancy limits are not exceeded. When you make a quota reservation, you reserve the right to a potential pregnancy with donor sperm from a specific donor.

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?

IUI treatment

  • IUI-ready straws:
    We recommend using 1 x IUI MOT10 straw per treatment, but a higher or lower MOT can be used.
    We recommend that you always ask your healthcare professional for advice before you make your order.

  • ICI-straws:
    ICI straws can also be used if the sperm is prepared at your clinic or the hospital prior to treatment. After preparation, we recommend 5 million motile sperm cells for an IUI treatment.

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

Both ICI and IUI straws can be used.
We recommend using 1 x MOT5 straw. Straws with a higher MOT can also be used.

We recommend that you ask your healthcare professional for 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 or reserve donor sperm, which we then store for you. This ensures that the donor straws are available for possible delivery and treatment at a later time.

If you want to be sure to have sperm from your favourite sperm donor, you must reserve immediately. Not just for one treatment, but for all treatments and also for siblings. This way, you avoid that the sperm is sold out when you need it. Read more under Reservation.

If possible you should place your order at least 2 days prior to the desired shipping date, otherwise an express fee will be added to your order. You can select the shipping date when ordering online. Please make sure that the delivery takes place on the day before insemination/treatment at the latest. You can choose between a dry ice or a nitrogen tank delivery. Read more under Delivery of donor sperm.

8. When you are ready to order

Create an account and begin your online order here: Donor search.

How long before ovulation should I place my order?
Please place your order well in advance. Cryos needs 2 days to handle your order before it is shipped. Then you need to add the shipping time, which is 1-2 work days for most destinations in Europe and 2-5 days for other destinations.

By paying an additional late order fee, orders can be dispatched on the same day the order is received, if placed before 10:00 am (CET).

See also our Terms of Agreement.

We are here for you

At Cryos, we wish to support and help you on your journey to parenthood. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions or need further information. We speak English, Danish, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew.