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Using Directed Known Sperm Donors


Do you already have someone in mind to be your donor? 

New Mom holding babyA Directed Donor, also referred to as "Known Donor", is a sperm donor who is known to the recipient, however, is not a sexually intimate partner. This type of donor requires a similar screening process to that required of an anonymous donor. California Cryobank can complete this screening process for your donor.

To arrange an initial consultation or for more information, please contact us at: 866-477-3762

The program is available at all California Cryobank locations, including: Los Angeles, CA; Palo Alto, CA; New York, NY and Cambridge, MA.

Directed "Known" Donor Program Steps:

The screening process takes approximately 6-12 months during which time your donor will complete the following steps:

Step 1: Consultation, Semen Analysis and Optional Test Freeze:
A California Cryobank Coordinator will conduct a consultation with the directed donor and the recipient (recipient optional). A semen analysis and test freeze is performed to assess the donor's specimen quality.

Step 2: Physical Exam:
The Directed Donor will be asked to complete a physical next.

Step 3: Initial Blood Test and 1st Retained Semen Specimen:
The initial blood draw for general health (cholesterol, hemoglobin, etc.) and infectious disease testing can be performed on the same day the donor collects his first retained semen specimen. A complete semen analysis, including a post freeze analysis, is performed on each retained semen specimen.

Step 4: Genetic Evaluation:
The donor will have a consultation with a California Cryobank genetic counselor. The donor's family and medical history will be reviewed and genetic testing will be discussed with the donor. Some genetic tests may be required and others will be optional. The required genetic screening tests may be performed at this appointment and include cystic fibrosis, spinal muscular atrophy and hemoglobinopathy carrier screening. Additional genetic screening is performed on donors with Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry, Cajun or French Canadian ancestry. The recipient's physician will be informed of the results of the genetic risk assessment and is responsible for discussing the implications with the recipient.

Please note: A genetic consultation is also recommended for the recipient or her egg donor to evaluate the risk for medical problems in her future offspring. If any medical history of concern is identified, the recipient will have the opportunity to discuss the genetic tests and/or management options that are available for her pregnancy. For more information or to schedule a genetic consultation, please contact CCB Genetic Counseling Services at (877) 943-6384.

Step 5: Additional Specimen Collection(s):
The donor may collect additional semen specimens by appointment as recommended by the referring physician.

Step 6: Quarantine Period:
The standard quarantine period for semen specimens is six months. If the referring physician authorizes a shorter quarantine period, California Cryobank recommends a minimum two month quarantine period. The recipient's referring physician must request any quarantine period of less than six months on California Cryobank's Directed Donor Program Registration Sheet.

Step 8: Final Blood Draw/Review:
Following the quarantine period, the donor must complete a final blood draw in order to release the specimens. The recipient will be given an approximate date for vial release at that time, however, we cannot guarantee that the specimens will be released on a specific date or become available at all. On average, it takes up to approximately one month to receive the vials after the final blood draw is performed.

During this time period, the Directed Donor's chart will enter a final review by the: Laboratory, Genetics, Quality Assurance and Client Depositor Departments. It will also be reviewed by California Cryobank's Medical Director. Please note if the Medical Director does not approve the donor due to issues such as positive test results, the vials may not be able to be released.

Step 9: Specimen Retrieval:
A Coordinator will contact the recipient when the vials become available for release. Vials can either be picked up at California Cryobank or shipped out in our dry shippers via FedEx. Please contact California Cryobank at least two business days prior to when you need the vials. You may also continue to store any remaining vials at California Cryobank for future use.

To arrange an inital consultation or for more information, please contact us at: 866-477-3762

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