- Posted On: November 27, 2012
- Categories: Informational Articles
Sperm Banks Offer Flexibility When Treating Infertility, Help Many Couples Conceive, and Play a Part in Many Infertility Treatments.
How Sperm Banks Support Fertility
How Infertility Treatments Use Sperm Banks
Infertility treatment programs that partner with a sperm bank can be used to grow your family if sperm is not viable or available.
Making the decision to pursue your dream of having a baby and potentially using donor sperm is a big decision, and sperm banks may be a key part of your treatment choices.
How Sperm Banks Work
A sperm bank acts as a middleman between people willing to donate sperm and people who may benefit from using donor sperm in conjunction with infertility treatments like artificial insemination and in vitro fertilization.
These facilities are legal enterprises that curate and store sperm from donors. The men who donate sperm are carefully screened for disease and quality, and some details about a donor are usually made available, including medical history, although most donors are “anonymous” unless otherwise stated.
Sperm banks sell sperm by the vial, and the per-vial cost is very low – as little as a few hundred dollars. However, adding more personal information or qualifications, such as a professional degree, can sharply increase the amount you pay.
Choosing an “open donor” where he may be contacted now or when a child turns 18 also can add thousands of dollars.
Is Using a Sperm Bank Right For Me?
Many couples as well as single women have been able to conceive because of the opportunities that sperm banks provide.
Donor sperm can be used with:
- Artificial insemination (intra uterine insemination)
- In vitro fertilization
- Intra cervical insemination
- A gestational carrier using your own egg or a donated egg
Navigating the issues that come with using a sperm bank’s services can be daunting, but the expert staff at a fertility clinic are prepared to help you make an informed decision to pursue your family’s desires.
Learn More About Sperm Banks
Portland-based Oregon Reproductive Medicine has a long history of working with couples from across and outside the northwest to treat infertility, including working with sperm banks.
In vitro fertilization with a woman’s egg and donated sperm has an extremely high pregnancy success rate at Oregon Reproductive Medicine, where we offer every patient personalized care and treatment.
You can meet with one of our physicians at a free informational seminar, where we answer all your questions about sperm banks and discuss the promising infertility treatments that can help you conceive.
Register for our next Free Fertility Seminar