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Sperm banking FAQ

Frozen Sperm can be used to achieve a pregnancy by insemination or during IVF (in vitro fertilization) treatment, with or without the process known as ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection).
Individuals at risk of being unable to produce healthy sperm in the future may want to consider freezing and storing their sperm. Surgery or injury to the reproductive organs, as well as the lower body or back can all impair fertility, as can exposure to mutation causing chemicals or radiation. Erectile dysfunction, a common side effect of numerous diseases or medications, can also indirectly lead to reduced fertility.
While you will need to contact your doctor to process bloodwork before you book your first appointment with CAN-AM, you can call to arrange the freezing and storage of sperm without a referral, at any time you are comfortable.
Professions that involve higher risk of physical injury to the lower body and back can include military service, law enforcement and professional sports. Other professions that can increase risk of lost fertility are those that expose men to high heat, such as firefighting and types of manufacturing, as well as the exposure of toxins such as mutagenic chemicals and radioactivity. Some medications or even recreational sports can lead to erectile dysfunction which can indirectly cause loss of fertility.
Set up an account by completing the paperwork here and fax or email it to us at the contact information here. To book a 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 set up a sperm storage account with us by completing the Sperm Banking document found here. If you have any questions, please call us at 1-888-245-3471 or email us at info@canamcryo.com.
You can either make an appointment to collect at our Hamilton laboratory or you can collect in the comfort of your home and deliver the sample by appointment if you are within 1 hour’s commute. If you are unable to visit during our hours of operation, you can collect and ship your sperm from home using the PreServe 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 Kit, be sure to follow the directions for collection.
Our home collection kit is available for any client unable to travel to our lab to deposit sperm. The PreServe Sperm Transport Kit allows you to collect your sample in the comfort and privacy of your home, and includes easy shipping instructions to our lab for storage.
We recommend 2-7 days of abstinence before collection to achieve the best sperm quality.
Reproductive products are frozen in a process called cryopreservation. This safely stores biological cells, like sperm and eggs, at extremely low temperatures. Cryopreserved sperm and eggs are frozen in vials and are stored in our secured facility in tanks cooled with liquid nitrogen (-195 °C).
Cryopreserved sperm can be stored indefinitely. There have been entirely normal and healthy 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.