How much sperm should you order? See Cryos’ recommendations
Buying donor sperm can seem like a confusing and overwhelming task. There are many factors to consider when purchasing donor sperm and we are often asked about how much sperm is needed for fertility treatment. The amount depends on the type of treatment and in this post we share our recommendations.
What is motility?
When you are ordering donor sperm the motility of the sperm cells is essential for the treatment. Motility refers to the ability of the sperm to move properly through the female reproductive tract to reach the egg. MOT is the abbreviation for ‘Motility’ i.e. the number of motile (mobile) sperm cells per ml. So, the higher the MOT the better the sperm quality.
How much sperm needed depends on the fertility treatment
Unfortunately, there is not one answer when it comes to how much sperm you should order. It depends on the method of artificial insemination.
There are different types of fertility treatment, and which one you decide on is vital for your choice of motility (MOT) and how much sperm to order.
How much sperm for IUI treatment at a fertility clinic?
When you have artificial insemination done at a fertility clinic, you will in most cases have an intrauterine insemination, also called IUI. For IUI a catheter will be used to insert the sperm directly into the uterus.
For IUI treatment at a clinic you can choose between: IUI-straws or ICI-straws.
Before the sperm is placed into your uterus, it is first “washed”. “Sperm washing” is a process where the semen is separated from the seminal fluid which prepares it for IUI. This is done in a lab at Cryos.
If you order IUI-ready straws for your clinic, we recommend ordering 1 straw of 0.5 ml donor sperm and we advise you to choose a MOT10 (or higher) to increase your chance of pregnancy.
If your clinic has the opportunity to “wash” the sperm, you can also choose ICI-straws. If you order ICI-straw, we recommend the following options per treatment:
- 4 x ICI straws with MOT5
- 2 x ICI straws with MOT10
- 2 x ICI straw with MOT20 (or higher)
There are also other kinds of fertility treatments than insemination, for example IVF treatment, and the recommendations can vary from clinic to clinic, so it is always a good idea to talk to your clinic before ordering donor sperm.
If you want to learn more about the difference about IUI and ICI donor sperm visit our blogpost about blog post about IUI and ICI.
You might also be interested in our blog post about what does sperm from a sperm donor cost?
If you have any questions before you order donor sperm, you are always welcome to contact our Customer Service.