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 males 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, HTLV 1 and 2 antibody, Hepatitis B surface antigen and core antibody, and Hepatitis C antibody must be received by Andrology before a referral for sperm banking is undertaken.
  • 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 ( 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.

Hospital In-patients  must be accompanied by a registered nurse who stays in the Andrology department with the patient and escorts them back to their ward at the end of the appointment. These patients must be transferred by taxi/ambulance (transport arranged by referring ward).

Referral Instructions

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

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

2. Fax these results through to Andrology on (0161) 276 6609.

3. Then telephone Andrology on (0161) 276 6473 to make referral (between 8.30 am – 4.00 pm, Monday – Friday).

4. All relevant patient details will be taken over the phone :

  • Patient’s identification details (Full names; Date of Birth; NHS/Passport number; Address)
  • Patient’s GP
  • Diagnosis and any relevant history (e.g. undescended testicles)
  • Whether the patient has had chemotherapy or radiotherapy before, and when
  • Whether this is a relapse
  • When chemotherapy/radiotherapy is planned to start
  • Whether patient is on any medication with side effects of decreased libido or potency
  • Any co-morbidities and/or difficulties/disabilities that may affect the patient’s visit to the department
  • Any known allergies (especially latex allergy)
  • Whether a link worker is required

5. The referral form will then be faxed to you for a medical practitioner to sign the declaration on page 2, confirming that the patient is likely to be made prematurely infertile.

6. Fax the signed declaration back to Andrology on (0161) 276 6609.

7. A patient appointment will be given to you over the telephone.

8. Inform the patient of appointment time in Andrology.

9. Advise the patient that 2-7 days abstinence from sexual activity is preferable for sperm storage.

10. Ensure that you tell them to ask for Andrology in the Department of Reproductive Medicine on Oxford Road.

11. Tell the patient not to ask for Saint Mary’s Hospital because they will be directed to the new hospital complex.

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.