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Arranging Sperm Banking

Sperm Banking Referrals

The Andrology Laboratory in the Department of Reproductive Medicine provides a service of long term semen storage.  Patients eligible for this service are males whose treatment or disease may induce permanent or temporary sterility.

There is evidence that the quality of semen in patients with active disease can decline over very short periods of time. We can usually offer an appointment within 1 working day following confirmation that the patient is viral negative for HIV, Hepatitis B surface antigen and core antibody and Hepatitis C antibody.

The patient will be required to sign legal HFEA forms regarding sperm storage.

Important Information regarding referrals for sperm banking

  • Patients referred for sperm banking must be medically fit enough to undertake masturbation for sperm collection.
  • Patients should be referred directly to Andrology for sperm banking before facing imminent sterile inducing treatments (e.g. chemotherapy/radiotherapy).
  • Negative screening results (within the preceding 6 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.
  • 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 under 16 years of age

Patients referred for sperm banking must be pubertal and competent to complete the legal HFEA consent forms. The referring clinician is required to certify that the patient understands, before attending Andrology, that he will be required to produce a semen sample by masturbation.  The referring clinician is required to certify that the patient is 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 Andrology

  • Only morning appointments are available to these patients.
  • They must be accompanied by a registered nurse who stays in the Andrology department with the patient and escorts them back to the ward at the end of the appointment.
  • They must be transferred by taxi/ambulance (transport arranged by referring centre).

Referral Instructions

  1. Fax over negative screening results to 0161 276 6609.
  2. Then telephone Andrology on 0161 276 6473 to make referral (between 8.30 am - 4.00 pm, Monday-Friday).
  3. All relevant patient details will be taken over the phone (see below).
  4. The referral will be faxed to you for a medical practitioner to sign.
  5. Fax the signed declaration back to Andrology on 0161 276 6609.
  6. A patient appointment will be given to you over the telephone.
  7. Inform the patient of appointment time in Andrology.
  8. Advise the patient that 2-7 days abstinence from sexual activity is preferable for sperm storage
  9. Ensure that you tell them to ask for Andrology in the Department of Reproductive Medicine on Oxford Road.
  10. Do not tell them to ask for St Mary's hospital because they will be directed to the new hospital complex.


Negative screening results for the following are required before a referral can be taken:

  • HIV ( Anti HIV-1, 2).
  • Hepatitis B (HBsAg and Anti-HBc) requirement changed from 15/11/11.
  • Hepatitis C (Anti HCV-Ab).

These results need to be faxed through to 0161 276 6609.


Information that Andrology will ask you at the time of referral:

  • Patient's identification details (Full names; Date of Birth; NHS/Passport number; Address).
  • Patient's GP and address.
  • 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 the 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 an interpreter is required.

What to tell the patient

  • The time and date of their appointment with Andrology.
  • Tell the patient that if they need any more information about the service, they can phone us on 0161 276 6473.
  • 2-7 days abstinence from sexual activity is preferable for sperm storage.
  • Explain that more than one sample may be required.
  • They need to ask for Department of Reproductive Medicine on Oxford Road, not Saint Mary's Hospital.
  • For more information 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.
  • There is an information booklet for patients: Long Term Semen Storage that can be found in the related downloads section on the front page of our website.

Information leaflets

(In related downloads section of web page)

Long Term Semen Storage Information for Patients

Sperm Banking Pathway (FRM/DRM/AND/198)

How to Refer Patients for Long Term Semen Storage (FRM/DRM/AND/028)