Directed Donor (Known Donor)

"I want to become pregnant using the sperm of someone I know, but not by having intercourse. I want to use artificial insemination with his sperm with his knowledge and consent."

"I cannot carry a pregnancy in my uterus and must use a gestational carrier. Once my embryos are created by in vitro fertilizations with my eggs and my partner's sperm, they will be transferred into the uterus of the gestational carrier. Hopefully a pregnancy and healthy birth will follow."

A designated, known, or directed semen donor (DD) is a donor of semen used to inseminate a non-sexually intimate partner. If the DD is the intended parent they will use a gestational carrier, where embryos are created by in vitro fertilization using the sperm and eggs of intimate partners but are implanted into a gestational carrier who has no biological link to the embryos. If the recipient is the intended parent, they will use their DD samples for insemination or IVF.

Experience has demonstrated that the use of a DD can lead to significantly greater medical/legal, social and familial complexities than using anonymous donor semen. Accordingly, Fairfax Cryobank highly recommends that appropriate legal and psychological assistance be obtained prior to implementation of the DD procedures.

Government agencies and professional organizations have guidelines for the screening and testing of semen donors as well as some states which require a 6 month quarantine of semen specimens before they can be cleared for use. Therefore, Fairfax Cryobank requires extensive screening of the DD applicant similar to the screening of anonymous donors. Directed Donor semen sample quality can be somewhat lower than that expected with an Anonymous Semen Donor, where selection criteria are exceptionally high, and this may result in less than desirable semen samples that may contribute to lower pregnancy rates.

To get started, the intended parent will contact the Cryobank staff at the location where the DD will bank. Cryobank staff will send an email with a document detailing the DD procedure and a registration form. Once returned to the Cryobank, we will begin the process.

If a recipient, DD or physician recommends that the process be terminated at any point the recipient is only responsible for fees assessed up to that point in the process to have all parties complete the required paper work and schedule the initial visit. The DD will have an initial appointment, including a consultation, semen evaluation and processing, infectious disease testing and a physical examination.

It is recommended that the intended parent discuss the process with their physician to obtain a recommendation as to the number of desired samples. It is recommended (but not required) that the DD produce at least 2-4 specimens for processing. Fairfax Cryobank processes all DD samples ICI ready (not washed) so that they can be used for a variety of procedures. Further processing may however be needed following thawing at the physician’s office. This may involve additional fees. However, for an additional fee, IUI ready (washed prior to freezing) samples can be produced. Please note that additional processing prior to freezing does result in loss of sperm cells from the initial sample.

Risk Assessment and Notification will occur if the DD is deemed “ineligible” by FDA regulations. This does not prohibit use of the DD samples. If the intended parent, recipient, and physician consent, samples may be used.

Samples produced within seven days of the physical and infectious disease testing may be released without quarantine, if quarantine is not required by state regulations or the treating physician. Samples that require quarantine will be held for 6 months and require an addition quarantine release blood draw from the DD. If a provider is not known at the time of banking, the Cryobank requires the 6 month quarantine period.

Fee Schedule

 Registration and account set up:

Assessed upon receipt of Registration and Medical History forms

 Initial document review and account set up  $300
 Semen evaluation and test thaw (If requested)  $150

Initial Appointment

 Review of medical information and consultation $150 
 Virology, Serology, Microbial Screening Panel $1155 

 West Nile Virus (NAT)

Starting in 2017, WNV by NAT is required for specimens collected between June 1 and October 31

 Physical Examination $150 
 Semen evaluation/Cryopreservation and test thaw
(Per specimen)

(Standard-Not Washed) $350

(Washed) $460

 Additional testing as needed Variable 

 Risk Assessment

 Initial Risk Notification  $250

 Additional samples (if applicable)

 Semen evaluation/Cryopreservation and test thaw

(Per specimen)

(Standard-Not Washed) $350 

(Washed) $460

 Quarantine Testing (if applicable)

 Final Serology test (Quarantine testing, if applicable) $800 

 Final Eligibility Determination

 Final donor eligibility determination by Cryobank Medical Director  $300



 Storage Fee (includes all specimens) *

 Monthly $ 40/month
 6 months pre-paid  $ 200
 1 year pre-paid  $ 395
 2 year pre-paid  $ 670
 3 year pre-paid  $ 985
 5 year pre-paid  $ 1340
 10 year pre-paid  $ 2400
 * Known positive specimens may be subject to additional storage fees


Please contact your Cryobank location for a more comprehensive overview of the DD process. We will be most happy to assist you with all aspects of this process.