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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 ICSI (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection). 

Sperm frozen and stored at CAN-AM can be used to achieve a pregnancy by your partner, but cannot be used with a surrogate, gestational carrier or a non-sexually-intimate individual. 
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.