Arranging Sperm Banking
Arranging Sperm Banking
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
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
- 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
- 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
- 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 called
'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.
Central Manchester Foundation Trust cannot be held
liable for the contents of external websites.
Hospital In-Patients who are well enough to attend
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).
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
- Patient's identification details (Full names; Date of Birth;
NHS/Passport number; Address)
- Patient's GP
- Diagnosis and any relevant history (e.g. undescended
- 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
7. A patient appointment will be given to you over the
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. Do not tell them to ask for St 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: www.cmft.nhs.uk. Maps,
directions and car parking (on Hathersage Road) can be found on the
left hand side of the web page under planning your visit.
- 2-7 days abstinence from sexual activity is preferable for
- They need to ask for Department of Reproductive Medicine on
Oxford Road, not Saint Mary's hospital
- Sperm banking pathway
- Referral Information for Clinicians
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