How Much Sperm Should I Order?
When reserving or ordering donor sperm many future parents wonder what amount would be best? Below we discuss how much sperm is recommended when using either home insemination or treatment at a clinic. We hope our recommendations help you to make the best choice.
For the home insemination process, both ICI and IUI straws can be used. We recommend using 2 x ICI or IUI, MOT10 straws. In order to have the best chance of getting pregnant we recommend that you plan around your most fertile time by inseminating once you have an LH surge and then again 12 hours later.
MOT5 straws are specifically made for clinics to use for insemination. We are unable to recommend them for home insemination because they contain an insufficient number of motile sperm cells for most women to get pregnant. For best results we suggest using a urine ovulation test-kit, available at any pharmacy. Please follow the instructions in the package and track your ovulation.
What is MOT?
MOT is an abbreviation for ‘motility’ and means the number of millions of motile (moving) sperm cells per ml. For example, a MOT10 means there are at least 10 million motile (moving) sperm cells per ml. Our straws are sold in .5 ml straws, so in each Cryos .5ml MOT10 straw we guarantee a minimum of 5 million motile sperm.
Further explanation about sperm MOT can be found here.
IUI treatment at a clinic
- IUI-ready straws:
We recommend using 1 x IUI MOT10 straw per treatment, but a higher or lower MOT can be used if your clinic consents. We recommend that you always ask your clinic for advice before you place your order.
ICI straws can only be used, if the sperm is prepared at your clinic prior to treatment.
If you use ICI straws, we recommend 4 x ICI MOT5, 2 x ICI MOT10 or 1 x ICI MOT20 straw or higher, per treatment. We recommend that you ask your clinic for advice before you purchase your order.
IVF and ICSI at a clinic
Both ICI (your clinic must prepare the sperm) and IUI straws can be used.
We recommend using 1 x MOT5 straw. Straws with a higher MOT can also be used.