Shipping Sperm to Home

We asked a few sperm depositories about their policy on shipping sperm to home locations instead of to doctors clinics.

NOTE: See also the 2016 Choice Mom E-guide: About Sperm and the E-guide: Home Insemination

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.”

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  3 comments for “Shipping Sperm to Home

  1. Sophia
    January 23, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I wish there were a bank with adults photos that shipped sperm to home wihout the involvement of a medical provider (Sorry for my English I’m spanish)

  2. Kelli Fowler
    January 13, 2017 at 7:23 am

    As I continue my research and journey of choice momhood, I am continuously underwhelmed by the policing of the women body and right to bare life. It doesn’t sit well with me that as conscious, choice moms we have to get a clinical release to have sperm that we pay for delivered to our home address. Does anyone have any light to shed on this? Thanks, KF

    • January 13, 2017 at 9:15 am

      yes Kelli…. the women-oriented sperm bank directors I have communicated with about this indicate that it’s largely to be sure there is a doctor on board who knows of any potential health/fertility concerns. Of course, many many women conceive through sex without this level of security. From the Choice Mom Sperm Guide, to the question about sperm shipped to homes, a few responses:

      The Sperm Bank of California: “We have always shipped to women’s homes for home insemination or if they prefer to receive the sample and bring it to their MD themselves. Prospective parents do need to be working with a physician, but it doesn’t have to be an RE and the MD doesn’t have to do the inseminations. We like to know potential parents are under medical supervision for several reasons: 1) if they get pregnant we want to know they have a provider in case of complications including miscarriage; 2) we can only give general fertility information and refer women to their medical providers for more specific information; and 3) the state of NY licensing requires women are working with an MD.”

      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.

      CryoGam: “In states where it is legal to perform at home inseminations we are happy to ship a client’s specimens to their house as long as we have a release form from their health care provider. We are equipped to ship internationally as well.”

      — Mikki

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