How Much Does Freezing Sperm Cost?
Freezing sperm, also known as cryopreservation, is a simple method of preserving fertility. This sperm is frozen in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196 degrees Celsius. While some sperm may be damaged in the process of freezing and thawing, there will be a large number of sperm that can be preserved. This sperm can be used at a later time for either sperm donation or artificial insemination.
How much does it cost?
- Depending on the number of specimens that will be banked, the costs of freezing sperm and storing it at a sperm bank can be anywhere from $40 to $60 per month. The more months that are purchased in the advance, the less you will pay per month. Aside from the freezing monthly fees, you will have to consider the consultation, deposits, and the blood/urine samples.
- According to Fertilitydr.com in Utah, the cost for freezing sperm depends on the number of specimens banked. Each specimen banked costs $310. Five samples can be banked for $800 and up to 10 samples can be banked for $1,400.
- According to Fertilehope.org, the average cost of sperm banking is $1,500. This includes 3 donations and a storage period of 5 years.
- At Spermbankcalifornia.com, the following are the cryopreservation services and fees:
- Specimen storage per patient – cost per month: $70
- Specimen storage – cost per 6 months: $250
- Specimen storage – cost per year: $375
- Specimen storage – cost per 2 years: $650
- Specimen storage – cost per 3 years: $825
- Specimen storage – cost per 5 years: $1200
What is going to be included?
- Freezing sperm involves making an appointment with a sperm bank. During the appointed time, the individual produces a semen specimen that will undergo analysis. After the analysis is completed, the sperm is frozen and stored for future use. Some cryobanks operate sperm banking through mail programs. In this method, a male produces the specimen at home or in a hospital, ships it via overnight mail to the cryobank in a shipping kit that is provided by the bank.
What are the extra costs?
- Screening and blood tests are required for storage to evaluate for certain diseases. The tests include HIV I-II, Hepatitis C virus, Hepatitis B surface antigen, HTLV I, and Syphilis. The costs may or may not be included during the collection of the first sperm sample.
- Depending on the sperm bank, initial cryopreservation services such as consultation, semen analysis, and testicular tissue processing may be required prior to sperm freezing. These prior procedures can cost $800.
- With some fertility centers, shipping and handling costs may be required.
Factors that influence the price:
- Specimen quantity. Most sperm banks charge by the number of specimens banked while some cryobanks will require a minimum number of specimens or donations.
- Storage period. Sperm can be frozen indefinitely, and cryobanks have various timeframes for storage of sperm. Some can provide up to 5 years storage. The cost of long-term cryoperservation is significantly higher compared with a storage period of one year.
- Facility. There are hundreds of cryobanks and sperm banks operating in the country today. The cost can vary from one location to another and from one storage facility to the next. A five-year storage period may cost $1,200 in one facility and $1,500 in another.
Tips to know:
- Sperm can be damaged during freezing and thawing, but not while it is frozen. Most banks state that the sperm can be frozen and thawed about 3 times and still be viable.
- Insurance rates for freezing sperm are variable, with some private firms covering sperm banking costs. Most of them, however, would require a letter from a doctor in order to cover the costs.
- Some cryobanks have fixed sperm storage fees irrespective of the number of vials to be stored and will waive the fees if a certain number of vials are purchased.
- Most sperm banks can provide you with an upfront list of pricing. Make sure to review the list of costs before starting with the process.
- There are many reasons that a man might choose to freeze his sperm.
- If he has been diagnosed with some type of cancer and needs to undergo radiation, this can impact fertility. The same is true if he is undergoing hormone therapy.
- If he is choosing to have a vasectomy, freezing sperm may be a good back-up option in case his mind is changed. This sperm can be used for vasectomy reversal or for artificial insemination.
- If the man is planning to undergo a change in sexual orientation, freezing the sperm can be used to carry on the line of that man.
How can I save money?
- Do research on various cryobanks and sperm banks in various places. Compare costs from clinic to clinic to get a good idea of the current rates for freezing sperm.
- Check with sperm banks that hold special pricing and reduced fees every now and then. Discounts are also offered to military personnel and cancer patients, and, on certain instances, to firefighters, doctors and police officers.