Arranging Sperm Banking

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The Andrology Laboratory in the Department of Reproductive Medicine provides a service of long term semen storage for premature infertility for up to 55 years. This service is regulated and licensed by the UK statutory body, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.

Patients eligible for this service are those whose treatment or disease is likely to make them prematurely infertile and the requesting clinician is required to sign a declaration stating that impairment to fertility is likely.

Important information regarding referrals for sperm banking

  • Patients referred for sperm banking must be medically fit enough to undertake masturbation for sperm collection.
  • Negative screening results (within the preceding 3 months) for HIV 1 & 2, Hepatitis B surface antigen and core antibody, and Hepatitis C antibody must be received by Andrology before a referral for sperm banking is undertaken.
  • HTLV 1 and 2 antibody screening is required for patients living in or originating from high prevalence areas or with sexual partners originating from those areas or where the patient’s parents originate from those areas.
  • A signature from a registered medical practitioner, stating that the diagnosis of the patient may impair his fertility, is required by Andrology before sperm banking can be undertaken.
  • Patients’ abstinence from sexual activity should be 2-7 days for sperm storage.
  • Patients should be referred directly to Andrology for sperm banking before facing imminent sterile inducing treatments (e.g. chemotherapy/radiotherapy). There is evidence that the quality of semen in patients with active disease can decline over very short periods of time.

Patients under 16 years of age

Where patients are very young (under 16 years) the referring clinician is required to certify that the patient is pubertal, understands how they have to produce a semen sample by masturbation and that they will be able to understand the HFEA consent forms, i.e. that they are ‘Gillick competent’.

There is a DVD available from the Teenage Cancer Trust entitled ‘Whack to the Future’ that will give him information about sperm banking before he attends the department (www.teenagecancertrust.org) or it can be viewed on line.

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Hospital in-patients who are well enough to attend Andrology

Only morning appointments are available.

Inpatients must have a suitable escort to and from their sperm banking appointment. The referring hospital must perform their own risk assessment of the patients’ fitness to travel by taxi/ambulance and make appropriate arrangements for the transfer of the patient to and from Andrology. A fitness to travel form (available from Andrology) should be completed and signed by the referring hospital and sent to Andrology by email with the referral form.

Referral instructions

Ensure the patient has negative screening results within the last 3 months for the following:

  • HIV (Anti HIV-1, 2), Hepatitis B (HBsAg AND Anti-HBc), Hep C (Anti HCV-Ab).

HTLV 1 and 2 antibody screening is required for patients living in or originating from high prevalence areas or with sexual partners originating from those areas or where the patient’s parents originate from those areas.

Sperm cannot be banked for patients that test positive for the Zika virus. Please check if patients have visited a Zika virus affected area in the 3 months prior to sperm banking and arrange for a blood test for Dengue fever prior to referral if the patient has visited one of these areas. You can find more information on the Zika virus here.

Instructions for referral :

1  Email the patient’s viral screening results to Andrology.lab@mft.nhs.uk

2. An up to date referral proforma (FRM/DRM/AND/029) will then be emailed back to you to complete.

3. Ensure that a registered medical practitioner has signed the confirmation of Gillick competence of patients who are under 16 years of age.

4. Ensure that a registered medical practitioner has signed the premature infertility declaration for all patients.

5. In-patients – complete a fitness to travel risk assessment (FRM/DRM/AND/282) if not travelling to Andrology with a registered nurse.

6. Email Andrology.lab@mft.nhs.uk the completed and signed referral proforma (FRM/DRM/AND/029), and the inpatient fitness to travel risk assessment (FRM/DRM/AND/282), if required.

7. The referral will then be triaged and the patient booked into a clinic appointment.

8. A medical secretary will contact the patient with the time and date of their appointment.

What to tell the patient

  • Tell the patient that if they need any more information about the service, they can phone us on (0161) 276 6473 or search for Andrology on the Trust website. Directions, travel options and car parking (on Hathersage Road) can be found on the Getting Here page.
  • 2 – 7 days abstinence from sexual activity is preferable for sperm storage.
  • They need to ask for Department of Reproductive Medicine on Oxford Road, not Saint Mary’s Hospital.