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A

Artificial Insemination

Placing sperm cells into the cervix or uterus using a catheter for the purpose of achieving pregnancy.

C

Cohort (of vitrified eggs)

A group of 6-8 eggs sold together in a batch.

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)

CMV testing detects current or past infection with the cytomegalovirus. In adults, this virus which is spread through contact with infected body fluids, generally causes a mild illness characterized by fever, sore throat and swollen glands. However, infection during pregnancy can result in stillbirth, impaired fetal mental capacity or hearing loss, and other serious problems. 

CMV Antibody Testing (CMV Ab IgG/IgM)

Antibody testing detects current or past infection with the cytomegalovirus (CMV). Semen culture testing and/or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing detects an active infection. Only semen specimens from donors who test negative for the semen CMV culture or PCR, or who are IgM antibody negative for CMV are released for use. It is important to note that a positive ("reactive") serum antibody titer to CMV (CMV IgG) indicates only that the individual has been infected with the virus at some time in the past, not that he is infected at present. Unlike HIV, the vast majority of these CMV IgG Positive/Reactive individuals are not shedding CMV from any site and are not infectious.

Cryopreservation

Cooling and storing cells in a frozen state at a temperature which provides high survivability when thawed (-196°C for sperm cells).

Cryoprotectant Buffer

A chemical component of a freezing solution that protects the sperm cells by preventing changes in acidity during the cryopreservation process.

I

ICI (Intracervical Insemination)

Placing semen in the cervix using a catheter.

IUI (Intrauterine Insemination)

Placing washed sperm cells directly into the uterus.

L

Liquid Nitrogen

Nitrogen gas that has been cooled to the liquid state (-196°C) and used to cool and store cells in a frozen state.

S

Semen

The male ejaculate containing a mixture of seminal plasma and sperm cells.

Spermatozoa (Sperm)

The fully developed male reproductive cells.

V

Vial

A container used to package frozen sperm. It is sometimes referred to as a dose or a unit.

Vitrification

A method of rapidly freezing (cryopreserving) cells, including human eggs, with the addition of cryoprotectants.
The following links to health-related web sites may be helpful to patients and clients visiting our site.
Please be aware that each site is responsible for its own published material and these links do not represent an endorsement of or by CAN-AM Cryoservices Corp.
 

Books


Embrace Your Fertility, by Timea Belej-Rak, MD

When you are struggling with fertility, navigating your options may feel overwhelming. In Embrace Your Fertility, Dr. Timea Belej-Rak demystifies the process with a guide that melds heartfelt patient stories and expert knowledge on the latest resources. It includes a look at both mainstream medical interventions and complementary health options from diet to acupuncture and views your fertility journey from new perspectives.

 

Sperm & Egg Providers


Cryogenic Laboratories (CLI)

www.cryogeniclab.com

CLI was founded 40 years ago as the first U.S. sperm bank and is one of the few sperm banks fully accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB). CLI provides the most extensive range of Donor information to clients at no charge, including Donor photos, Essays and Audio Interviews.
 

Fairfax Cryobank

www.fairfaxcryobank.com

Fairfax Cryobank has been distributing Donor sperm in the U.S. for over 20 years. Fairfax makes extensive use of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) techniques to test its Donors for infectious diseases, which is significantly more sensitive than traditional testing methods. Fairfax is the only Sperm bank to utilize PCR to test for HPV and HSV.


NW Cryobank

www.nwcryobank.ca

NorthWest (NW) Cryobank has been providing donor sperm for more than 25 years, with a large selection of donors newly available in Canada, and many anonymous donors suitable for the Québec health insurance program.

NWCryobank is one of the premiere Canadian-compliant donor egg banks, utilizing cutting-edge vitrification technology. Their ready-to-ship frozen donor eggs and large selection of donor ethnicities make the selection and use of donor eggs faster and more convenient than fresh donor egg cycles. www.nwcryobank.ca


Seattle Sperm Bank

www.seattlespermbank.com

Seattle Sperm Bank is one of North America's leading sperm banks with a focus on providing the highest-quality Open ID Donors. SSB is the industry-leading cryobank in advanced sperm donor screening: SSB conducts criminal background checks and verifies educational transcripts on all donors.

SSB is also the only sperm bank to have all donors evaluated by a counselor with a Master’s of Social Work, helping donors to understand the full implications of being a donor, including the possibility of future contact from offspring. We combine our dedication to quality and customer service with simplified processes and lower prices.



Family-Building Resources


Vicky M. Ringuette, Lawyer & Mediator

vmringuette.ca

A bilingual lawyer specializing in family law, child protection and fertility law matters by using alternative dispute resolution processes such as collaborative law, negotiation, mediation and/or arbitration.  



The Adoption Council of Ontario

www.adoptontario.ca

Web site to learn more about adoption from an Ontario perspective, whether you are a potential or existing adoptive parent, birth parent adopted person.
 


Canadian Health Network (CHN)

www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/chn-rcs/index-eng.php

A national, bilingual Internet-based health information service. Health Canada, its founding partner, provides funding for CHN.
 


Infertility Awareness Association of Canada, Inc.

www.iaac.ca

A national charitable organization working to promote choices and access to treatment for those with infertility concerns through awareness, support and education.
 


Infertility Network

www.infertilitynetwork.org

A registered Canadian charity providing information & support to people experiencing infertility to help them make informed choices about their family-building options.
 


International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination

www.inciid.org

NCIID provides an online resource of consumer-targeted infertility information covering cutting-edge technologies and treatments.
 


IVF Connections

www.ivfconnections.com

Connects people going through IVF to information, support, and others going through the same experiences. IVF Connections features IVF bulletin boards, IVF e-mail lists, IVF chatrooms, IVF questions and answers, IVF stories, IVF links and an "IVF in Canada" section.
 


Resolve

www.resolve.org
A nonprofit organization founded to provide timely, compassionate support and information to people experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through public education and advocacy.
 


Multiple Births Canada

www.multiplebirthscanada.org

A National support organization for multiple birth families and individuals in Canada.

British Columbia
Alberta
Ontario - Greater Toronto Area
Ontario - Hamilton
Ontario - Southwestern
Québec
Eastern Canada


CAN-AM works closely with clinics experienced in the use of frozen embryos and vitrified donor eggs to provide unparalleled service and guidance to patients and their physicians.
 

British Columbia

Grace Fertility Centre

fertilitywithgrace.com

Grace Fertility Centre is a boutique fertility clinic in Vancouver that seeks to give you a highly personalized and tailored treatment to achieve your dream of parenthood. A full range of fertility treatments are offered on site, as well as support programs to optimize health and relieve stress, in order to improve treatment outcomes and beyond.
 

Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM)

pacificfertility.ca

​PCRM is a comprehensive IVF clinic located in Burnaby, British Columbia providing a wide range of care from basic fertility evaluations to advanced techniques in assisted reproduction. PCRM is a state-of-the-art facility with a long history of success with IVF and Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI).
 

Alberta

Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine (PCRM) - Edmonton

edmonton.pacificfertility.ca

More than 15% of the couples within reproductive age face challenges with fertility. We aim to educate our patients and the public how advancements in reproductive health can help overcome these challenges.  We do everything within our means to assist patients realize their dreams of becoming parents, using the very latest in diagnostic equipment, ultrasound, and other medical technology.
 
We are committed to providing the best and safest care for our patients and to obtaining the best possible results. Our goal is to provide you with effective, compassionate care throughout your family building journey.
 

Calgary Regional Fertility Program

regionalfertilityprogram.ca

Since 1984, our IVF program has resulted in the successful delivery of over 14,700 babies. We offer a full range of diagnostic and treatment programs for both male and female fertility disorders as well as for recurrent pregnancy loss. With its’ state of the art facilities, the RFP clinic has the essential experience and resources to assist in making family a reality.


Ontario

Greater Toronto Area


Reproductive Care Centre 

rccfertility.com

The Reproductive Care Centre is an advanced reproductive medicine clinic based in Mississauga, with a specialty in reproductive endocrinology and surgery. RCC has achieved great success in their IVF program and has extensive experience in the use of vitrified eggs.


Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health

anovafertility.com

Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health is home to the first next-generation embryology laboratory in Canada and is the leader in innovation, education, and communication for high quality humanized fertility and reproductive care. Known for our culture of support, our effective process and our holistic approach to patient care, we strive to set the international standard for successful reproductive health and fertility centres who are committed to making the right to family accessible to everyone.
 

Astra Fertility Group

astrafertility.com

Astra employs advanced diagnostic and surgical techniques to help patients achieve pregnancy with the goal of minimizing  invasive treatment. With locations in Brampton, Mississauga, Bolton and Milton, Astra strives to offer safe, effective, compassionate and affordable state-of-the-art fertility treatment across the GTA.


CReATe

createivf.com

Pioneering use of cutting-edge IVF technology and a personalized treatment approach allows CReATe to provide the best possible care for those people who require special help to build their family.


IVF Canada

ivfcanada.com

For more than 20 years, IVF Canada has been a leader in building Canadian families, including such achievements as first babies born in this country from the use of in vitro fertilization, frozen eggs and gestational surrogacy.


Newlife Fertility Centre

newlifefertility.com

Newlife offers patient accessibility, technological expertise and personalized patient care. Patients of Newlife are served by a dedicated healthcare team with a cost-conscious approach to treatment in five locations across the GTA and Hamilton region.


ONE Fertility Burlington

onefertility.com

ONE Fertility is a state-of-the-art fertility centre, devoted to providing the most specialized and expert fertility care, treatment and counseling available in Canada. We deliver on our promise of “Life Through Knowledge” and have achieved the very best results in the country. Our success supports our premise, that, in this highly specialized and sensitive discipline, expertise, experience and caring make all the difference.
 

Procrea - Vaughan

procrea.ca/our-clinics/ontario/vaughan

Our mission is to serve our infertility patients in Quebec and Ontario with respect, compassion and understanding, according to the latest technological innovations. We strive to ensure the best and safest care for each fertility treatment and to obtain the best possible results. Creating a warm, personal connection is also a key component of a successful outcome. Our goal is that you feel comfortable and supported throughout your journey to parenthood.


Trio Fertility

triofertility.com

With decades of leadership excellence in providing patient experience and outcomes, TCART Fertility Partners and LifeQuest Centre for Reproductive Medicine have joined to create Trio Fertiity, giving you access to the best in scientific innovation and patient care.
   

Hamilton and Area

 

HART Fertility Centre (Hamilton Assisted Reproductive Technologies)

hartfertility.ca

Dr. Rolando Cepeda and his staff provide thoughtful and dedicated care in a full range of fertility treatment and reproductive services, including sperm banking for cancer patients in partnership with CAN-AM Cryoservices. HART also offers in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment in partnership with RCC.
 

Southwestern Ontario

 

Fertility Ontario

fertilityontario.com

At Fertility Ontario, the most modern methods of diagnostic testing are utilized to choose a treatment cycle that is right for you. With the best pregnancy rates in the region for several years, and the most affordable rates in Ontario, Fertility Ontario is dedicated to improving access to effective fertility care.
 

K.A.R.M.A. (Kitchener Area Reproductive Medicine Associates)

karmaobgyn.com

Under the leadership of Dr. Judy Campanaro, KARMA has been helping fertility patients in Southwestern Ontario for over 15 years and today enjoys a reputation for having one of Canada’s most successful programs.
 

ONE Fertility Kitchener

onefertilitykitchenerwaterloo.com

With pregnancy rates among the best in the Canada, ONE Fertility Kitchener's most enduring attribute is the ability to provide individualized and patient centered fertility care in the most friendly and nurturing environment.
 

Juno Fertility

junofertility.com

At Juno, we recognize the importance of a client-centered medical experience, which inspires us to create strong and long-lasting bonds with each of our patients. From Nutrition Consultations to early obstetric follow up, we will design a comprehensive treatment based off of a careful evaluation of your profile. We use state-of-the-art technology to identify sonographic, hormonal, and genetic markers that will allow us to better understand the reason for your difficulties and will help us choose the right treatment for you, without having you undergo unnecessary tests and procedures.
 

Québec

Centre de Fertilité de Montréal | Montréal Fertility Centre 

montrealfertility.com

MFC provides patients with personalized, evidence-based reproductive care within a friendly state-of-the-art facility. MFC has achieved excellent results using donor eggs, including the healthy delivery of the first Canadian-born baby conceived using NW Cryobank donor eggs.
 

CHU Ste-Justine

chusj.org

CHU Ste-Justine possesses a unique set of expertise in genetics, molecular biology and clinical pharmacology that enables mothers and children to have access to personalized medicine. But it is our approach to humanize care and services that gives our advanced expertise true value – humanization that characterizes every intervention with mothers and children.
 

Clinique OVO

cliniqueovo.com/en

OVO's guiding principles are to: 1) provide care and quality services in reproductive and prenatal medicine within a warm environment supportive of our patients’ needs, 2) ensuring continuity, security and quality of treatments by adopting a standardized approach and promoting multidisciplinary teamwork, and 3) maintaining a high level of expertise and excellence in a state-of-the-art facility.


McGill Reproductive Centre (MUHC)

mcgillivf.com

As the largest public fertility centre in Quebec, MUHC offers a comprehensive array of fertility treatment options including IVF, IVM (in vitro maturation), PGD (preimplantation genetic diagnosis), egg donation, fertility preservation for cancer patients & minimally invasive surgery.
 

Procrea - Montréal

procrea.ca/our-clinics/quebec/montreal-fertility-clinic/

Our mission is to serve our infertility patients in Quebec and Ontario with respect, compassion and understanding, according to the latest technological innovations. We strive to ensure the best and safest care for each fertility treatment and to obtain the best possible results. Creating a warm, personal connection is also a key component of a successful outcome. Our goal is that you feel comfortable and supported throughout your journey to parenthood.
 

Procrea - Québec

procrea.ca/our-clinics/quebec/quebec-city-fertility-clinic

Our mission is to serve our infertility patients in Quebec and Ontario with respect, compassion and understanding, according to the latest technological innovations. We strive to ensure the best and safest care for each fertility treatment and to obtain the best possible results. Creating a warm, personal connection is also a key component of a successful outcome. Our goal is that you feel comfortable and supported throughout your journey to parenthood.
 

Fertilys

fertilys.org/en

At Fertilys, we are guided by the constant search for excellence, the personalization of care, respect and commitment to our patients and our employees, and to ethics and innovation. Our proximity to many large population centres in Quebec, including Laval, Laurentides, Lanaudière, Montreal and even the South Shore of Montreal, allows us to provide care to patients across the province.
 

Eastern Canada

Conceptia

conceptia.ca

CONCEPTIA clinic is a private non-profit organisation which offers a complete range of Assisted Reproductive Techniques. It is compose of a unique team of devoted professionals working together whose sole intention is to help you conceive and realize your dream of becoming parent(s).
Notice: As of November 2015 the purchase of donor sperm is no longer funded through the Assisted Reproduction Program in Quebec. 

Form more information, please visit the official site 

FIND A SPERM DONOR 
Health Canada regulates the donor screening,  processing   importation, distribution and use of donor sperm and donor eggs in Canada. All donors of sperm and eggs must comply with the Assisted Human Reproduction (AHR) Act (2004) and the AHR Consent Regulations (2007). Donor sperm must also comply with the Processing and Distribution of Semen for Assisted Conception Regulations (2000).

CAN-AM reviews each donor specimen for regulatory compliance prior to importation. Our facility and documentation are inspected annually by Health Canada, with an outstanding record of quality and safety.

FIND A SPERM DONOR

Donor egg FAQ

Vitrification is a method of rapid-freezing.  Eggs (oocytes) frozen by vitrification have been shown to have a higher survival rate after thawing compared to slower freezing methods.
You can see the most current pregnancy rates for Fairfax Egg Bank and NWCryobank on their websites:

Studies of large U.S. fertility clinics with donor egg programs have determined that the use of vitrified eggs, when compared to fresh donor eggs, also result in shorter wait times to treatment and fewer cycle cancellations.
Sources:
1. http://tinyurl.com/cost-effective-egg
2. http://tinyurl.com/egg-pregnancy-success
CAN-AM is a Canadian importer of donor sperm and eggs from several U.S. and international cryobanks. Our egg banks include: Fairfax Egg Bank, NWCryobank, Cryos Egg Bank and First Egg Bank, while our sperm banks include Cryogenic Laboratories, Fairfax Cryobank, and Seattle Sperm Bank. Our facility is inspected annually by Health Canada and we maintain the highest standards of regulatory compliance.
Donor sperm and eggs distributed by CAN-AM are compliant with donor screening and testing requirements of the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) as well as Canadian requirements for donors of reproductive tissue. Donors of eggs distributed by CAN-AM are screened by Fairfax Egg Bank and NW Cryobank for infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B & C, Syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea.
Donor profiles are viewable from our catalogue. We also provide a link to access each bank's website for additional donor information, photos and other items available directly from the donor bank.
Generally, open-identity donor programs offered by sperm and egg banks ("Open-ID", "Identity Options", "Identity Disclosure") allow the offspring of a donor to receive the donor’s name and last-known contact information from the sperm or egg bank once they reach the age of 18. Alternatively, the bank may instead attempt to contact the donor on behalf of the offspring without directly revealing the identifying information to the offspring. Donor-conceived children are free to decide whether they want to receive this information about the donor, and whether or not to follow up on it. Information about the client using the donor sperm or eggs, or about the resulting offspring, is never revealed to the donor.

The specific conditions of open-identity programs vary between the banks, and you may need to register your child's birth to participate (see "How do I report a pregnancy?"). Please contact the bank directly for more information.
Fairfax Egg Bank's Guarantee* is included in the purchase price and offers a replacement set of 6 eggs if you do not achieve one of these two results in your treatment (using all 6 eggs):
 
  1. at least one of the thawed eggs are fertilized and reach the appropriate benchmark of embryonic development for transfer; OR
  2. clinical pregnancy after transfer of fewer than one embryo which reached the appropriate benchmark

*Conditions apply to this Guarantee.  Please visit Fairfax Egg Bank's website for full details.
CAN-AM offers donor selection consultations at our locations in Hamilton, ON , and Montreal. During your consultation, you can view photos (where available) and extended donor information to help you narrow down your donor choices. Please call or email to book an appointment.
Each bank maintains its own register of pregnancies and/or births. Registration can make it easier for the bank to contact you in the case of an important update in the donor's medical information, and may be required for participation in donor identity-release programs. Please visit the donor bank's website for details.
Each bank provides updates to donors' medical information where available. They may contact you directly, or you may access this information directly on their website.

Donor egg ordering FAQ

Click the Order Now button on the donor catalogue next to your chosen donor to submit your request. We recommend that you select your donor at least 3 weeks in advance of treatment. If you require additional assistance completing your order, please contact us at 1-888-245-3471 or at info@canamcryo.com.
Fairfax Egg Bank and NW Cryobank Egg Bank each require that several agreement forms are completed at the time of order. Once CAN-AM confirms the availabilty of your donor, you may download the required forms available on the Donor Eggs Forms page. Please send the completed, signed forms to CAN-AM by mail, fax or by scanning them and emailing them to info@canamcryo.com
In order to ensure that you receive your eggs in advance of treatment, we recommend that you place your order request at least 3 weeks in advance. Payment must be received prior to shipment.
Payment can be made by bank draft, wire transfer, e-transfer, or by debit card (made in person at our Hamilton location). We do not accept credit card transactions for donor egg and egg guarantee purchases. Payment must be completed prior to shipment.

Sperm

To report a pregnancy using donor sperm, please click on your donor bank's link and complete the requested form:
 

Fairfax Cryobank

http://www.fairfaxcryobank.ca/pregnancyreport.php
 

Seattle Sperm Bank

https://www.seattlespermbank.com/services/pregnancy-reporting/
 

NW Cryobank

Sign into your account at https://www.nwcryobank.ca/sign-in/ and click on Report a Pregnancy at the bottom of the page.

Donor sperm FAQ

CAN-AM is a Canadian importer of donor sperm and eggs from six U.S. cryobanks: Cryogenic Laboratories, Fairfax Cryobank, Fairfax Egg Bank, NWCryobank, NWCryo egg bank and Seattle Sperm Bank. Our facility is inspected annually by Health Canada and we maintain the highest standards of regulatory compliance.
Donor sperm and eggs distributed by CAN-AM are compliant with donor screening and testing requirements of the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) as well as Canadian requirements for donors of reproductive tissue. Health Canada requires that all sperm donors undergo repeated testing for infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis B & C and syphilis. Donor sperm is also tested for chlamydia and gonorrhea at the time of each donation.
Donor profiles are viewable from our catalogue. We also provide a link to access each bank's website for additional donor information, photos and other items available directly from the donor bank.
Generally, open-identity donor programs offered by sperm and egg banks ("Open-ID", "Identity Options", "Identity Disclosure") allow the offspring of a donor to contact the sperm or egg bank once they reach adulthood and be provided with the name and last-known contact information for the donor.  Alternatively, the bank may instead attempt to contact the donor on behalf of the offspring without directly revealing the identifying information to the offspring. Donor-conceived children are free to decide whether they want to receive this information about the donor, and whether or not to follow up on it.

Information about the client using the donor sperm or eggs, or about the resulting offspring, is never revealed to the donor.

The specific conditions of open-identity programs vary between the banks. Please contact the bank directly for more information.
Each bank maintains its own register of pregnancies and/or births. Registration can make it easier for the bank to contact you in the case of an important update in the donor's medical information, and may be required for participation in donor identity-release programs. Please visit the donor bank's website for details.
Each bank provides updates to donors' medical information where available. They may contact you directly if you provide them with your contact information, or you may access this information directly on their website.
CAN-AM offers donor selection consultations at our locations in Hamilton, ON, and Montreal. During your consultation, you can view photos and extended donor information to help you narrow down your donor choices. Please call or email to book an appointment.

Donor sperm ordering FAQ

Click the Order Now button on the donor catalogue next to your chosen donor to submit your request. If you require assistance completing your order request, or you are ordering within 48 hours of your treatment (priority order), please call CAN-AM directly to ensure your order is processed quickly.

If you have any questions about ordering not covered in this FAQ, see our <Ordering FAQ>.
Your clinic should advise you on what day the vials need to arrive. We recommend that you order donor sperm by Day 3 of your cycle to ensure your shipment will arrive at your clinic when you need it.
Your clinic can tell you whether they have a preference. "Washed" donor vials have been processed at the sperm bank before freezing and can be used for intrauterine insemination (IUI) directly after thawing. "Unwashed" vials can be used for intracervical insemination (ICI) or may be washed at your clinic prior to being used for IUI.
Donor sperm must be "washed" to remove seminal plasma before it can be used in intrauterine insemination (IUI). This washing can be performed before freezing by the sperm bank (IUI-ready vials) or at the time of insemination by your clinic (ICI-ready vials). Due to the extra processing at the sperm bank, the cost for IUI-ready vials is higher, but may save you processing fees at your clinic.
Open ID donor programs involve more administrative and record-keeping requirements, which can result in higher costs for donor specimens.
Your clinic will tell you how many vials you will need to order per cycle of treatment. Some patients require only a few cycles of treatment to become pregnant, while others may need more time. You can order vials for future treatment cycles and store them at CAN-AM, ensuring that you have a guaranteed supply when you need it.
Sperm banks must hold vials in quarantine for at least six months before they can be released for use. At the time of each release, many vials may be released, or only a few. We cannot be sure that vials from your chosen donor will be consistently available.

To ensure that you will have a guaranteed supply of your chosen donor for treatment, we recommend that you pre-purchase vials ahead of time. You may also want to consider purchasing additional vials if you would like the option of having more children in the future using the same donor.
CAN-AM provides short- and long-term reserve storage for vials of donor sperm at our Hamilton facility. Please see our Storage FAQ for more information.
Vials are eligible for a 50% refund up to 12 months after purchase if they remain in storage at CAN-AM. Storage conditions of vials in doctor's offices and clinics cannot be guaranteed and the sperm bank will not accept these vials for refund. Any vials returned to CAN-AM from your clinic can be stored for your future use, but cannot be refunded.

Banking

Please call or email to book an appointment to bank your sperm. Blood testing must be completed prior to storage. You can collect your sperm sample on-site at our Hamilton laboratory, or at home and deliver it to the lab if you live within 1 hour’s drive.

If you are not able to travel to our lab, you can order a PreServe Sperm Transport Kit. The Kit allows you to collect your sample at home or in the hospital and ship it to our lab via FedEx Priority Overnight shipping. Please contact us for more information, or to order your kit.

Choose the storage term that works best for you: by month or by year. No matter how many deposits you make, you only pay one storage fee.

Sperm Freezing - ICI (unwashed) preparation $300
Clinic transfer fee $100
Home collection by PreServe Sperm Transportation Kit
PreServe Sperm Transport Kit™ $75
Sperm Freezing - IUI (washed) preparation $300
FedEx Priority Overnight Shipping (ON): $75
FedEx Priority Overnight Shipping (QC): $90
FedEx Priority Overnight Shipping (Rest of Canada): $145
BANK YOUR SPERM
CAN-AM provides sperm banking for men undergoing cancer treatment, in partnership with HART Fertility Centre. The Canadian Cancer Society recommends sperm banking for men undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy, or having surgery to treat testicular cancer.

Sperm banking clients can visit our main laboratory or use our PreServe kit to collect at home or in the hospital. The PreServe Sperm Transport kit™ can be shipped back to CAN-AM from any FedEx distribution centre with Priority service in Canada.

To ensure the best quality sperm sample, we recommend that you bank your sperm before you begin any treatments which can be damaging to sperm. We will work closely with you, your doctor and your treatment centre to begin your banking as quickly as possible and avoid delay in your treatment.


5 EASY STEPS TO BANK YOUR SPERM
Storing sperm is a simple way to protect against loss of future fertility. Medical procedures such as vasectomy, cancer treatment, and surgical and hormonal treatment associated with gender-confirming surgery are common reasons for sperm banking. Your risk of fertility loss may also be increased by engaging in occupations, recreational activities or medical treatments with a chance of injury to the spine or reproductive organs, or due to exposure to chemicals or radiation that cause genetic mutations. Common medications and chronic diseases which cause erectile dysfunction can indirectly impair fertility as well.

Your physician may also recommend banking some sperm as a temporary “backup” if you are undergoing IVF treatment. CAN-AM has been providing sperm freezing and storage services since 2001. We make the process convenient for you:

1

Download the Blood Testing request form and give it to your doctor so you can complete blood testing necessary for storing your sperm. Fax or mail us your results.

BLOOD TESTING REQUEST FORMS

Set up your storage account by downloading the account registration forms. Bring the completed forms with you to your appointment. They can also be mailed, scanned/emailed or faxed to us at our contact information.

ACCOUNT SET UP FORMS
 

2

Call or email to book an appointment at our lab in Hamilton, ON.  If you are unable to travel to our lab to make deposits, you can order our PRESERVE Sperm Transport kit to collect your sperm sample at your convenience at home.

BOOK AN APPOINTMENT   ORDER A SPERM TRANSPORT KIT
 

3

Collect your sperm sample for deposit at the lab or at home with the PreServe Kit. Refer to Banking Fees for freezing and Kit costs. We will freeze your sperm and perform a sperm quality assessment. You can request that a copy of this assessment report be sent to your doctor. Based on the results, your doctor may advise you to store more than one deposit in order to meet your goals.

4

No matter how many deposits you make, you pay only one storage fee. Pay monthly, or purchase yearly or multi-year storage packages at a reduced rate.

SPERM BANKING FEES

5

Once you are ready to use your sperm in fertility treatment, you can have your deposits shipped to your clinic.

Sperm banking FAQ

Frozen sperm can be used to achieve a pregnancy by insemination or during IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment, with or without ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection).
You may want to freeze and store your sperm if you are risk of being unable to produce healthy sperm in the future. This may be due to surgery on, or injury to, your reproductive organs, lower body or back, or if you are exposed to mutation-causing chemicals or radiation in your job or as a part of your medical treatment. Erectile dysfunction can indirectly cause fertility loss, which can result from certain diseases or be a side effect of some medications.

Your fertility doctor may also recommend freezing a sperm sample as a backup if you are undergoing IVF treatment.
No, you can call us to make an appointment without a referral. However, you will need to see your doctor to get some bloodwork done before you book your first appointment.
Professions which have higher risks of physical injury to the lower body and back include military service, law enforcement and professional sports. Other professions which can increase your risk of loss of fertility are those that expose men to high heat, such as firefighting and manufacturing, and reproductive toxins like radioactivity and mutagenic chemicals. Some medications or recreational sports, like cycling, can lead to erectile dysfunction, which can indirectly cause loss of fertility.
Set up an account by downloading and completing the account paperwork here and fax, mail or scan/email to us at the contact information here. To book your collection appointment, or if you have any questions about the account paperwork, please call 1-888-245-3471 or email us at info@canamcryo.com.
You can open a storage account with us by downloading and completing the Sperm Banking documents found here. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-888-245-3471 or email us at info@canamcryo.com
You can make an appointment to collect at our Hamilton laboratory or you can collect at home and deliver the sample (by appointment) if you are within one hour’s drive. If you are not able to visit during our hours of operation, you can collect and ship your sperm from home using the PreServe Sperm Transport Kit.

We recommend that you collect your sperm by masturbation  with 2 - 7  days of sexual abstinence if possible, or you may purchase a special collection condom instead (see Banking Fees). We do not recommend the use of any lubricants as they can be damaging to sperm. If you are using the PreServe Sperm Transport it, be sure to follow the directions for collection.
If you are not able to travel to our lab to deposit your sperm for any reason, then you can take advantage of our home-collection kit. The PreServe Sperm Transport kit allows you to collect your sperm sample in the comfort and privacy of your home, then ship it to our lab for storage. See our PreServe Sperm Transport kit FAQs for more information.
We recommend 2-7 days of abstinence before collection to achieve the best sperm quality.
Cryopreservation is a method to freeze and store biological cells, like sperm and eggs, at extremely low temperatures. Cryopreserved sperm and eggs are frozen in vials or straws and are stored in our secured facility in tanks cooled with liquid nitrogen (-196°C).
Cryopreserved sperm can be stored indefinitely. There have been normal pregnancies from sperm stored for up to 20 years.

Home collection & PRESERVE kit FAQ

Sperm samples can be collected at our laboratory in Hamilton by appointment during our normal hours of operation. If you live within one hour’s driving distance from our lab, you can also collect at home and deliver the sample by appointment during work hours.

If you are unable visit the lab for any reason during those hours, consider banking by PreServe Kit.
Sperm samples can be collected at home by masturbation or by using a special condom (please order when you book your appointment). Please ensure you have 2-7 days of sexual abstinence before collecting. We do not recommend the use of lubricants, as they can be damaging to the sperm. If you are transporting the sperm to our Hamilton lab, please deliver within 1 hour and maintain the temperature close to body temperature. If you are using the PreServe Sperm Transport kit, instructions for the collection and preparation of the sperm sample for shipping will be included.