The screening process is intentionally designed to be rigorous and exclude any donor who does not meet every one of our high standards. Only 1% of donor applicants are accepted by Fairfax Cryobank. This long screening process involves an extensive health questionnaire; physical exam; medical, genetic and infectious disease testing; a thorough sperm quality evaluation and several in-person interviews with our staff. Repeated physical exams and infectious disease testing are ongoing while donors are active.
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All sperm donor applicants must be 18 to 39 years of age. Each applicant is required to complete an application form that includes a medical and genetic history of the applicant and family members, and a consent and specimen release document. Each application is reviewed during a personal interview with the applicant. Applicants who are not in a high risk group for contracting AIDS and have no past history of infectious transmissible diseases are required to submit a minimum of two sperm specimens for analysis.
Each sperm specimen submitted for analysis is evaluated for volume, pH, count, motility, progression, viability, abnormality and white blood cells. The specimens are frozen and subsequently thawed for post-thaw analysis. Any applicant whose sperm specimen does not meet the minimum post-thaw standard of 20 million total motile cells/ml is excluded from the screening process.