The Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank has provided therapeutic sperm banking services since 1980 - longer than any other facility in Ohio. The laboratory staff is trained in the latest, most effective freezing, storage and recovery techniques, and works under the direction of a sperm cryopreservation specialist. The highest standards are used in accurately labeling and identifying specimens.
The Cleveland Clinic laboratory is CLIA-certified and is also accredited by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the College of American Pathologists. Our sperm banking facilities are accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks.
Semen specimens are collected on-site at the Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory in a private collection room. We recommend collecting the sample at the laboratory, because the sample's freshness affects fertility. Within minutes after ejaculation, the number of living sperm cells and their activity begin to drop off rapidly. Every specimen is carefully labeled and coded to ensure accurate identification and confidentiality.
The Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory and Sperm Bank has a system of checks to ensure that specimens are properly identified at the time of storage, during storage and at the time of release. Each specimen is marked with your name, patient identification number, an internal control number and the date. Each donor's complete record is kept in the Andrology Laboratory. As an additional safety measure, your photograph is taken at your first visit and becomes part of your permanent file for identification purposes. Semen may be stored indefinitely at the final temperature of -196° C. A man may store his sperm with the Cleveland Clinic Andrology Laboratory and Sperm Bank for an open-ended period of years, with an annual storage fee.
Therapeutic Patient Sperm Banking
The Cleveland Clinic's Reproductive Tissue Bank may be used to store frozen semen specimens for male oncology patients of reproductive age who have been diagnosed with testicular carcinoma, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, or any other disease which requires chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or transurethral resection.
Frozen semen specimens may be stored prior to a vasectomy to allow the participant the option of future insemination.
Frozen donor specimens, for use in the artificial insemination of women who cannot achieve pregnancy with their husband's sperm, are also available. The availability of donor sperm is coordinated through the Cleveland Clinic's Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology.
Out-of-Town Specimen Shipping is Available
Many patients come to our Sperm Bank from outside of Ohio. Cryopreserved semen specimens can be prepared for shipping to out-of-town facilities. Request for transfer of sperm specimen must be accompanied by written permission from the sperm banker, and the physician who will be utilizing the specimen for assisted reproduction.
To Refer Patients
To refer patients to the Cleveland Clinic's Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank, please call: 216.444.8182 or toll free at: 1.866.9BANKING (866.922.6546) from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Selective testing is performed on Saturdays and Sundays for your patient's convenience - but an appointment is necessary.
You will receive a report concerning your patient by mail, generally within one week of testing. Results of some tests can be sent by fax or e-mail to your office on request within 24 hours.