Choosing a Sperm Donor

Important update: The OHSU Andrology lab is no longer accepting sperm donations from anonymous donors. Limited OHSU anonymous donor sperm is still available for purchase. The current list of donors, profiles and availabilities are maintained by the OHSU Andrology lab sperm bank coordinator. If you are interested in using an OHSU sperm donor, please contact Brian Sereda via email or at 503-418-3700.

Program features

  • Physicians may choose to open an account with us or may refer patients under their care directly to us. 
  • A choice of standard intracervical insemination (ICI) prepared samples or density gradient processed samples for Intrauterine Insemination (IUI-ready) and both washed and unwashed samples of total motile count more specifically prepared for IVF (ICSI). 
  • A free donor profile available on each donor. 
  • Consultation with a laboratory manager on sperm donor matching and additional unique sperm donor requirements and testing based on recipient medical history. 
  • Pre-purchase of semen samples to guarantee availability. 
  • Our sperm donor selection list - available by contacting the sperm bank coordinator

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Cryopreserved and quarantined donor semen

The Andrology and Embryology laboratory maintains a sperm bank of donors between the ages of 20 and 40 who are students and/or employed individuals. All prospective sperm donors must have a minimum educational background and are extensively screened following guidelines established by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the American Association of Tissue Banks and those established by the FDA as of May 25, 2005. A three generation medical history is taken and reviewed by a medical geneticist. Any condition which poses a risk of more than one percent of producing a child with a birth defect and/or genetic disease is the basis for donor disqualification.
All prospective sperm donors undergo a physical examination by a physician. Donors are tested initially and/or periodically for gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C virus (HCV), HTLV-1, cytomegalovirus, chlamydia, and HIV, sickle cell carrier status (donors with African American ancestry), Tay-Sachs carrier status (donors with Jewish ancestry), and Thalassemia (donors with Mediterranean or Asian ancestry).

We provide a sperm donor selection list which includes each donor's race, blood type, height, weight, hair color, eye color, ethnicity, education, and profession. We also have detailed profile available for each donor. The profile may include additional information on the donor's medical history, personal information such as hobbies, interests, favorite subjects in school, family traits, and for most donors a description of family members and their occupations and interests. It may include a "kid page" where the donor describes his childhood.

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HIV/HCV/HTLV-1 testing sperm donors

Only frozen semen samples quarantined for HIV, hepatitis C, and HTLV-1 are provided, following the guidelines mandated by the FDA, Centers for Disease Control, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Samples are frozen and released for use only after the donor tests negative a minimum of six months after the semen was collected.

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Sperm type and quantity

We offer 3 different types of vials to match our clients specific needs. We thaw and analyze a sample from every frozen specimen to verify that all of the minimum standards described below are surpassed.

  • IUI ready vials (also commonly referred to as washed vials): intrauterine insemination ready vials are very popular because of their convenience. Insemination can occur directly after the vials have thawed and no further processing is required. We process the semen before freezing using density centrifugation to select motile sperm and remove seminal plasma as well as other deleterious components. Each unit contains at least 12 + 1.2 million motile sperm after thawing. See lab fees
  • ICSI vials (also referred to as ART vials): If you are participating in an in vitro fertilization (IVF) program, you may undergo intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) to facilitate fertilization. Your embryologist will need relatively few sperm since they are injecting one sperm per egg. Many ICSI vials contain more than 1 to 2 million motile sperm. While there are ample sperm to be used in an ICSI procedure, these vials may or may not be suitable for any other type of insemination due to considerably lower total motile sperm count. Talk with your healthcare provider about whether an ICSI sample is recommended for your specific treatment plan. The sperm in these vials are processed before freezing and are actually a small portion of the IUI Ready vials described above. ICSI samples may be washed or unwashed depending on availability and are sold at a substantial discount.
  • ICI vials (also commonly referred to as unwashed vials): these vials contain semen that has NOT been processed before freezing. They are suitable to use for intracervical insemination (ICI) and contain at least 20 + 2 million motile sperm per insemination unit. These vials can be washed either by OHSU or another facility in order to become IUI-ready samples for immediate use (cannot be thawed, washed, then refrozen for later use). These vials offer cost savings over IUI-ready vials. See lab fees

Talk with your healthcare provider to help advise you on which vial type(s) are recommended for your treatment plan.

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Select and order donor semen

Limited OHSU anonymous donor sperm is available for purchase. The current list of donors, profiles and availabilities are maintained by the OHSU Andrology lab sperm bank coordinator. If you are interested in using an OHSU sperm donor, please contact Brian Sereda via email or at 503-418-3700, option 8. You may wish to call the lab to check on availability since not all donors are available all the time. If availability is limited, we recommend pre-purchase.

Complete the recipient insemination information authorization and insemination consent forms and return them to us by mail. Be sure to include the physician's signature and notarization of the recipient's and the recipient's partner's signature(s). However, a physician signature is not required if you are an established patient of OHSU fertility. The receipt consent form is valid for one year.

Oregon residents can also request the state dept. of health required information form. This is to be returned and filed at your physician's office.

Plan to call the Andrology laboratory several days in advance of your use of the specimens to notify us that you may need to use a sample. If you plan to pick up a sample or have a sample shipped, please provide 24 hours notice. You may want to consider our pre-purchase option by pre-purchasing your choice of donor semen samples and storing them at the OHSU Andrology laboratory. Pre-purchase assures availability. We encourage you to review our terms at: policies regarding purchased semen samples.

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Sperm donor waiting list

Some sperm donors may be in such high demand that it may be difficult to purchase them from the donor list. Additionally, the entire inventory of a desired donor may be pre-purchased by other clients and may not become available again until they are returned to inventory. You may want to consider being placed on our waiting list if the donor you selected always seems to be temporarily "out" as it may become available in the future. Please familiarize yourself with our waiting list policy.

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Shipping and delivery

We use liquid nitrogen tanks with a holding time of 7 days to ensure low temperature storage of the samples during transportation. Within the Portland area, recipients may pick up a sample in person (with approval from your medical provider) or we will deliver by local courier to many destinations. Outside Portland, we use Greyhound (generally within the Pacific Northwest) or Federal Express at patient cost based on weight and distance. Please refer to laboratory charges for the donor sperm bank.

We ship or provide local pick-up Monday through Friday only. Orders placed, cancelled, or changed after 12 noon the day before shipping or pick-up will incur a rush/change of order fee. For shipments or pick-ups on Monday, please leave a phone message on Sunday before 12 noon. We will return your call early Monday morning and will make every effort to accommodate your request.

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