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Sperm Banking and Long-Term Storage by Cryopreservation

The Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank has provided therapeutic sperm banking services since 1980 - longer than any other facility in Ohio. The laboratory staff is trained in the latest, most effective freezing, storage and recovery techniques, and works under the direction of a sperm cryopreservation specialist. The highest standards are used in accurately labeling and identifying specimens. The Cleveland Clinic laboratory is CLIA - certified and is also accredited by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the College of American Pathologists. Our sperm banking facilities are accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.

Semen specimens are collected on-site at the Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory in a private collection room. We recommend collecting the sample at the laboratory, because the sample's freshness affects fertility. Within minutes after ejaculation, the number of living sperm cells and their activity begin to drop off rapidly.

Every specimen is carefully labeled and coded to ensure accurate identification and confidentiality. The Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory and Sperm Bank has a system of checks to ensure that specimens are properly identified at the time of storage, during storage and at the time of release. Each specimen is marked with your name, patient identification number, an internal control number and the date. Each donor's complete record is kept in the Andrology Laboratory. As an additional safety measure, your photograph is taken at your first visit and becomes part of your permanent file for identification purposes. Semen may be stored indefinitely at the final temperature of -196° C. A man may store his sperm with the Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory and Sperm Bank for an open-ended period of years, with an annual storage fee.

Therapeutic Patient
Sperm Banking

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The Cleveland Clinic's Reproductive Tissue Bank may be used to store frozen semen specimens for male oncology patients of reproductive age who have been diagnosed with testicular carcinoma, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, or any other disease which requires chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or transurethral resection.
 
Frozen semen specimens may be stored prior to a vasectomy to allow the participant the option of future insemination.

Please click here for Therapeutic Sperm Banking Guide.


The NextGen Home Sperm Banking Kit is a first-of-its kind product designed for men who wish to preserve their fertility for a variety of reasons. This can include
1) men with cancer who are about to undergo treatment (surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, which can render them infertile;
2) men with underlying subfertility;
3) men who are about to under a vasectomy but who do not want to totally rule out the option of fathering a biological child in the future and
4) military personnel going on long-term deployment whose partners may need a sperm sample for an assisted reproductive procedure while they are gone.

With this kit, patients collect a semen sample in the privacy of their own homes, place the sample into a vial containing preservative/transport media, and ship the samples overnight to the Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank for storage. All samples undergo a standard analysis that includes sperm count, motility and viability. These results are reported back to the patient within 2-3 days. Once stored, these samples can then be used in assisted reproductive procedures such as intra-uterine insemination, in vitro fertilization and intracytoplasmic sperm injection.

This novel approach is advantageous in that it spares patients the need to spend time and money traveling to a remote clinical site as well as embarrassment and stress over having to produce a sample on demand in an unfamiliar setting. For more information on Cleveland Clinic’s NextGenSM call 800-223-2273 or 866-9BANKIN.

Click here for: NextGenTM Guide for Patients
 
Click here: Kit Preparation, Collection and Transportation Instructions


Donor Insemination

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Frozen donor specimens, for use in the artificial insemination of women who cannot achieve pregnancy with their husband's sperm, are also available. The availability of donor sperm is coordinated through the Cleveland Clinic's Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology.


Out-of-Town Specimen Shipping is Available

Cryopreservation

Many patients come to our Sperm Bank from outside of Ohio. Cryopreserved semen specimens can be prepared for shipping to out-of-town facilities. Request for transfer of sperm specimen must be accompanied by written permission from the sperm banker, and the physician who will be utilizing the specimen for assisted reproduction.


To Refer Patients


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To refer patients to the Cleveland Clinic's Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank, please call :
 
216 / 444-8182
 
or toll free at :
 
1-866-9BANKIN (866-922-6546)
 
from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Selective testing is performed on Saturdays and Sundays for your patient's convenience - an appointment is necessary.
 
You will receive a report concerning your patient by mail, generally within one week of testing. Results of some tests can be sent by fax or e-mail to your office on request within 24 hours.


For more information, please feel free to contact us at :
 
1) The Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank
Cleveland Clinic
10681 Carnegie Ave., X11
Cleveland, OH 44195
U.S.A.
 
Toll free line: 1-866-9BANKIN (866-922-6546)
or 1-800-CCF-CARE (ask for ext. 4-8182)
Direct Tel: 216/ 444-8182 or 216/ 444-3019
Fax: 216/ 445-6049
 
2) Avon Andrology Laboratory and Sperm Bank
Suite 2-437 and 2-438
Richard Jacobs Health Center
33100 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Avon Ohio- 44011.
 
The laboratory is open on weekdays. The testing is done only by appointment. To schedule an appointment call toll free at 800-599-7771 or 440-695-4270.


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The Cleveland Clinic
10681 Carnegie Avenue, X11
Cleveland, OH 44195 USA
Tel: (216) 444-9485
Fax: (216) 445-6049
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