Deciding to have children can be a big decision. If you aren’t ready to start your family now, fertility preservation is the best way to keep that option open for you in the future. We’re pleased to offer personal sperm storage for future use.
Is Fertility Preservation for Me?
Our clients come from diverse backgrounds and choose to store their sperm for a variety of reasons, such as medical issues, occupational hazards, or just for peace of mind.
When to Consider Sperm Banking:
- Before you start cancer-related therapies
Some treatment of lymphomas, testicular, and other types of cancer are known to make male patients infertile.
- Before you have testicular or prostate surgery
- Before you have a vasectomy
If your future plans change, storing your sperm provides you with an option to still have biological children. It also prevents the need for reversal surgeries.
- Before you start hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
When transitioning from MTF, you can store your sperm to give yourself the option of having biological children later (if you already started HRT, you can still do sperm banking, but you would need to take a break from HRT).
- In preparation for artificial insemination
Timing is critical when it comes to conception. If your schedule doesn’t match up with your partner’s ovulation cycle, storing sperm for an insemination ensures that sperm be will available during her fertile window.
- For patients diagnosed with oligospermia (low sperm count)
Storing multiple vials of sperm provides you with the option of using multiple vials of sperm for one or more assisted reproduction procedures, which may increase the chance of pregnancy.
- For careers that have occupational hazards
Military personnel, first responders, and other workers that may be exposed to environmental toxins such as chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, lead, radiation, etc. put themselves at risk for infertility. Professional athletes that may be prone to testicular injury are also at risk. Storing sperm can provide you with peace of mind knowing that you can protect your ability to have children while still pursuing your career.
How It Works
We try to make the process as easy as possible. After a visit to your physician for a referral, storing sperm generally involves 1-3 visits to our facility depending on your specific needs. You will work with our coordinator who will guide you through the entire process. You may view our fertility preservation fees here.
1. Call to schedule an appointment.
We’ll be happy to answer any questions. We have facilities in Spokane, WA and Missoula, MT. Our phone number is 800-786-5251.
201 W. North River Dr., Suite 110
Spokane, WA 99201
825 Fort Missoula Rd
Building 1 Suite 106
Missoula, MT 59804
2. Prepare for your appointment.
During your appointment you will need to provide semen, blood, and urine samples. The urine and blood samples are needed for infectious disease testing. Infectious disease testing must be done by an FDA registered lab.
Please abstain from ejaculation for at least 2 -3 days, and no more than 5 days, prior to your appointment. This will allow you to produce the highest quality specimen. We also suggest avoiding hot tubs, saunas, long bike rides, or any activity that may cause testes to overheat.
3. Choose your storage plan.
Contact your coordinator the next business day to discuss the number of semen deposits we recommend for your specific needs. Our recommendation will be based on the sperm analysis and post-thaw results from your first visit and how many children you would like to have in the future (storage fees do not increase based on the number of vials you store).
We encourage you to consult with your physician when deciding how many deposits to make. Please keep in mind that different types of artificial insemination require different amounts of sperm. IUIs (intrauterine inseminations) generally require more sperm per insemination attempt, and it can take several attempts to achieve one pregnancy. IVF (in vitro fertilization) typically can be performed with fewer sperm, but is a more invasive and expensive type of medical procedure.
Sperm Banking FAQs
1. How much does personal sperm banking cost?
Costs will vary based on how many deposits you make and how long you plan to store your sperm. When calculating your costs, the fees you will need to pay are the Consultation and Initial Specimen Freezing fee, plus a minimum of one month of storage. Additional fees may include each additional semen freeze, sperm wash, and longer storage options (the quantity of vials you store will not affect your storage fee). Please view our Andrology Services and Specimen Storage Services pricing.
2. How long can my sperm be frozen for?
Frozen sperm cells processed and stored at cryogenic temperatures in liquid nitrogen can be stored indefinitely. Successful pregnancies have been reported from sperm that was frozen over 25 years.
3. Can I do semen collection at home rather than at NW Cryobank
We highly recommend that you collect semen at our facility for best results. However, if you can deliver your specimen to NW Cryobank within half an hour of collection, you may collect at home in a sterile specimen cup we provide.
4. Which infectious diseases do you test for?
All samples stored with NW Cryobank must have the following testing:
- HIV types 1 and 2 antibody
- Hepatitis C virus antibody
- HTLV (Human T-Lymphotropic Virus) type I/II antibody
- Hepatitis B virus surface antigen
- Hepatitis B virus core antibody
- Syphilis test: either T. Pallidum antibody or RPR
- HIV-1/Hepatitis C Virus /Hepatitis B Virus by Nucleic Acid Testing
- Chlamydia Trachomatis
- Neisseria Gonorrhoeae
- CMV Antibody, Total
- CMV Antibody IgM (if CMV Total is positive)
- West Nile Virus Nucleic Acid Testing
For more information, please contact us at 800-786-5251.