By SpermCenter - Posted on February 22nd, 2010
Mon, 2010-02-22 00:00 | SpermCenter
This is an excellent question from one of our members. However, it's not easy to answer. How much storage costs depends entirely on your circumstances, what sperm bank you choose and how much sperm you decide to store.
Usually there is an initial consultation you will pay for where you meet with a counselor to discuss your options and fill out any applicable forms. This initial meeting may cost anywhere from $100 and up (not including the initial freeze).
After you've filled out the required forms and submitted a semen sample for preliminary sperm testing ( to determine if storing will be effective for you) that has been approved , you will be asked to provide a blood and urine sample (to test f0r infectious diseases).
Your bank will ask you to contact them shortly after you've submitted all your samples for analysis. Make sure to go with a bank that encourages you to contact them when you feel you need to.
After they have done a full semen analysis and post-thaw results from your first visit, they will determine the number of deposits recommended for you; future deposits and visits will depend entirely on your needs and availability.
Ultimately, how much you pay depends on a variety of factors, but you this is what you're likely to find on average:
Consultation alone: ~$125 and up
Consultation and initial sperm freeze: ~$300-400 and up
Lab Fees for Blood and Urine Samples: ~$50
Additional Deposits: ~$200 and up
Some banks also offer thawing and preparation for procedures like IUI; this can run around $65. They may also offer discounts for pre-paid storage or storage terms of a specific length (e.g. 2 years).
There may also be shipping and handling fees, so make sure you check on these if you aren't planning on picking the sperm up yourself.