We asked a few sperm depositories about their policy on shipping sperm to home locations instead of to doctors clinics.
The Sperm Bank of California: We have always shipped to womenʼs homes for home insemination or just if they prefer to receive the sample and bring it to their MD themselves. They do need to be working with a physician but it doesnʼt have to be an RE and the MD doesnʼt have to do the inseminations. We like to know they are under medical supervision for several reasons: (1) if they get pregnant we want to know they have a provider in case of any complications including miscarriage, (2) we can only give general fertility information and refer women to their MDs for more specific information, and (3) the state of NY licensing requires women are working with an MD.
Pacific Reproductive Services will ship sperm to any woman, at any location, if she has completed its registration process, as detailed on its website.
NW Cryobank: “We are one of the few sperm banks that allow our clients the intimacy of performing their insemination in the privacy of their own home without the involvement of a medical provider. With the exception of a few states which do not allow this practice, NW Cryobank supports our clientsʼ desire to be able to conceive in as natural a setting as possible.”
Seattle Sperm Bank: “We respect the desire of women and couples who want to perform insemination at home. We offer home delivery with the written consent of a medical professional. Our Clinical Release form can be found on our website and filled out by a physician or other licensed health care personnel. It can be easily completed online or printed and signed, then faxed or emailed. This same form is required for every delivery, even to clinics, in the state of New York. We donʼt charge any additional fees for doing a home delivery and the shipping price remains the same as sending it to a clinic.”