How much sperm to order

When it comes to how much sperm you should order, there is more than one answer since it depends on the treatment method. We recommend that you consult with your fertility clinic before ordering. To give you an idea of how much to order, here are our recommendations.

Donor sperm for IUI

IUI (Intrauterine insemination) is a relatively simple fertility treatment performed by a trained Healthcare professional. It involves placing the sperm into the uterus to increase the number of sperm cells reaching the fallopian tubes.

For IUI treatment we recommend using IUI straws. If your clinic has confirmed that they can prepare the straws prior to the treatment, you can also choose ICI straws. Read about the difference between IUI and ICI straws.

If you order IUI straws, we recommend ordering 1 x MOT10 (or higher) straw per insemination. Read more about MOT here

If you order ICI straws, that your clinic is going to prepare for IUI treatment, we recommend choosing either 4 straws with MOT5, 2 straws with MOT10 or 1 straw with MOT20.

How much donor sperm to order?

Donor sperm for IVF

IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) is a process where the eggs are extracted from the ovaries and combined with the sperm in a laboratory. The resulting embryo(s) are then transferred into the uterus.

For IVF treatment the recommendations can vary from clinic to clinic, so we advise you to speak with your clinic before ordering.

We recommend ordering 1 x MOT10 or MOT20 straw of either IUI or ICI straws depending on the clinic’s protocol for handling of the straws. 

Donor Sperm for ICSI

ICSI (Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection) is a specialized form of IVF where a single sperm is injected into each egg. Like with IVF, one or more embryos are then placed into the uterus.

For ICSI, we also recommend speaking with the clinic before ordering as their recommendations can vary. Generally, 1 x MOT5 straw is enough to preform ICSI. Both IUI straws and ICI straws can be used.

Donor sperm for ICI

ICI, which is short for Intra-Cervical Insemination, is the simplest fertility treatment with donor sperm. For ICI you can use both ICI and IUI straws.

We recommend using 2 x MOT10 straws. Higher MOT or more straws can be used but this is not necessary. Note that MOT5 straws are not suitable to use for intra cervical insemination.

Cryos recommendations – an overview

Remember always check with your fertility clinic regarding their preference and straw handling protocols.




IUI 1 x IUI straw MOT10 1 x IUI straw MOT5, MOT20
or higher

1 x ICI/IUI straw MOT10/MOT20

1 x ICI/IUI straw MOT5

ICSI 1 x IUI straw MOT5

1 x IUI straw MOT10
or higher


2 x ICI/IUI straws MOT10

2 x ICI/IUI straws MOT20
or higher

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