Cryogenic Laboraties, Inc (CLI) was established in 1971 and is known as the first private sperm bank in the country.
With a long history of quality, CLI adheres to the strict guidelines set forth by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) governing reproductive tissue banks. FDA requirements for the donation of human cells, tissues, and cellular and tissue-based products (HCT/P’s) as specified in 21 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 1271, went into effect on May 25, 2005. Cryogenic Laboratories Inc. has been registered with the FDA since January 2004.
CLI is one of the few sperm banks fully accredited by the prestigious American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB), which is a national organization dedicated to improving and promoting safety, quality and availability of donated human tissue.
CLI is also licensed and inspected by the states of MD, CA, and NY. This laboratory also obtains CLIA certification provided by the Department of Health and Human Services. All laboratory technicians must pass American Board of Bioanalysis (AAB) proficiency testing for clinical laboratory professionals.
CLI remains committed to providing a high quality product that exceeds regulatory standards.
If you are thinking ‘Where do I start?’, this eBook will help answer your questions about the donor selection process.
- Determine which donor category is right for you
- Recognize the importance of knowing your CMV status
- Create a list of required characteristics/traits
- Get to know your donor
- Utilize all resources to finalize your donor selection
Check out our website for a Free eBook ‘The Top 5 Tips for Picking Your Ideal Donor’ now.
3 Steps to Follow: #3 Purchase Donor Sperm
If you would like to have more than one child, you can purchase more than you will need for your first attempts and store with Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc. This ensures that you will have vials for future pregnancies even if we sell out of your donor choice. If you store with us, there are buy back options for vials you do not use.
CLI will work with you and the clinic to arrange shipping to the clinic so that the donor sperm is there when you are ready for your insemination. Alternatively, we can also facilitate home delivery with a Physician authorization. If you prefer home delivery and home insemination, it is important to understand the relevant parentage laws in your home state.
Let us know if we can help you!
3 Steps to Follow: #2 Select a physician who can manage your medical care
Typically these are obstetrician/gynecologists (OB/GYNs) or infertility specialists like Reproductive Endocrinologists (REs). Once you have selected a physician, you will meet with him/her to access your overall health issues involving a future pregnancy, the procedures that are best suited for your reproductive needs, and the timing of any attempts using Donor Insemination (DI).
3 Steps to Follow: #1 Choose your Donor
Choosing the ideal sperm donor typically takes several weeks as you review all your options. Your physician may have some recommended sperm banks for you to consider. Sperm Banks are often called ‘Cryobanks’ because they store frozen (cryopreserved) specimens. Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc has an online donor list
you can search and sort with your preferences. There are also personalized services that make the selection process easier that you can access by phone, email or chat.
Donors have detailed family and personal medical histories for your review. They undergo extensive screening
including thorough medical examinations and testing for genetic diseases and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. The FDA regulates the donor screening process and all sperm banks must comply and pass regular inspections. Testing standards between sperm banks differ, as some do more than the FDA requires so you may want to investigate this before choosing a sperm bank. We accept less than 1% of those who apply to become donors as we have exceptionally high standards for semen quality, healthy family and medical history and infectious and genetic disease testing.
For the donors that make it through the screening process, extensive donor information is available online. Not only can you select a donor based on physical characteristics and ethnic background, you can to listen to audio interviews, look at childhood and adult photographs, read personality profiles and essays, and even learn what our staff thinks of the donors they work with every day. Personal profiles include education, talents and many other unique aspects of the donor. Medical histories review health issues for the donor and his extended family. Donors who have been available for at least six months often have a history of a proven pregnancy.
Blog written by CLI Family Forum Moderator Desiree
Cytomegalovirus, commonly called CMV, is a member of the herpes virus family that includes chicken pox, cold sores, and infectious mononucleosis (mono). Most individuals are exposed to CMV in childhood and have a mild infection similar to a typical cold, while the immune system develops antibodies to fight the infection. The virus remains alive, but becomes dormant, or hides, inside certain cells for the rest of the person’s lifetime. Pregnant women who are infected for the first time during pregnancy usually recover completely with few or no symptoms. However, the unborn baby is at risk for congenital infection. Twenty percent of babies born with an infection develop medical complications over the first few years of life.
Many donors on the Cryogenic Laboratories catalog are CMV positive, because 50-85% of Americans have been exposed to the virus and therefore test positive. Some women on the forum discussion boards who have tested negative for CMV are frustrated by the lack of negative donors. Many have spent time searching for the perfect physical traits and personality characteristics, only to find out the donor has a positive CMV status. Although none of the vials sold by the cryobank have active infections of CMV, it is still a concern to women who are worried about having a healthy baby.
The CLI Family Forums have some interesting comments about this controversial topic. Some women have discussed this problem with their fertility specialist and were surprised to be given the green light on choosing a CMV positive donor. Some women have decided that the best donor features outweigh the minimal risk of contracting CMV. One user of the board joked light-heartedly on how she was grumpy she never contracted this mild disease prior. And one woman pointed out that you don’t get to test your partners in the field for CMV and people don’t seem too concerned about that. The CLI Family Forum discussion boards are a great way to find out more resources about common concerns that people utilizing donor sperm encounter.
Cryogenic Laboratories does highly recommend that women who are negative should use a CMV negative donor. However, the use of a CMV positive donor is allowed. While the risk is not zero, the chance of transmitting congenital CMV to a developing fetus from semen used at the time of conception is extremely low. This is, however, a medical issue that should be discussed with your physician prior to purchasing semen.
Blog written by Laboratory Staff JM
The last step in the donor insemination planning process is to place your semen order.
Either you or your health-care provider may place an order. Before placing the order, please check availability online or by calling Client Services. We recommend placing your first order over the phone. This allows us to work together placing the order and helps prepare you for subsequent orders. You may do so by contacting Client Services at 800-466-2796. We also provide online ordering for anonymous donor sperm and additional information through our Donor Search.
At the time of your order you will need the following information:
-Patient name, address, and phone number
-Medical Professional’s name and shipping address
-Number of units and preparation type (Pre-washed IUI, Standard ICI, IVF)
-Date the units need to arrive at the provider’s office