Sperm Storage

Manhattan CryoBank provides Sperm Storage, otherwise known as Sperm Cryopreservation, to men who wish to have children in the future but face sterility due to various reasons. Our secure storage facility and flexible storage plans provide short-term and long-term storage options at competitive prices.

To make Sperm Cryopreservation as simple as possible for our clients, we are providing answers to the most important Sperm Cryopreservation questions here: 

What is Sperm Cryopreservation?

Sperm Cryopreservation entails depositing, processing, freezing and storing sperm at a CryoBank. The frozen sperm may be stored for a short or a long period of time. Once it is frozen, the sperm is referred to as “Cryopreserved sperm.” Cryopreserved sperm can be used in artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and other assisted reproductive procedures.

How is Sperm Cryopreservation Achieved?

Proven, long-established techniques enable semen specimens to be frozen and stored indefinitely in liquid nitrogen. According to the client’s specific wishes, these specimens can later be thawed and used in an attempt to conceive a child through therapeutic insemination or other assisted reproductive techniques.

How is Sperm Collected for Cryopreservation?

Prior to the collection of semen, sexual abstinence of at least 2 days, but not more than 5 days, is recommended to maximize the quality of the sample. The specimen is collected into a sterile container by masturbation. Collection may occur at home provided that it does not take more than one hour from the deposit to bring the sample to our facility. Otherwise, specimens are collected at our facility where a special room has been designated for that purpose.

What are the Most Common Reasons for Sperm Cryopreservation?

How is Semen Cryopreserved?

Each sample is first evaluated and analyzed microscopically. Samples are then mixed with a special media or solution to help provide protection during freezing and thawing. The samples are then placed in special plastic vials that are coded and carefully frozen in nitrogen vapor.

Once frozen, the vials are immersed in liquid nitrogen and stored in cryogenic tanks at a temperature of -196°C (-321°F). The liquid nitrogen is independent of any source of power. Cryogenic tanks are checked daily and replenished as needed.

Are Blood Tests Needed to Screen for Infectious Diseases?

Current New York State Department of Health guidelines do not require screening for sexually intimate partners. However, directed (designated) sperm donors must be screened for certain infectious agents. We are required by current regulatory guidelines to perform blood tests on directed donors that include but are not limited to:           

The above blood tests must be obtained from directed donors before or on the first appointment.

For more information regarding cryopreservation, or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.