Once you have ordered sperm straws for your patients, and the shipment arrives at your clinic or facility, it is your responsibility to ensure that the sperm quality is maintained up until your patient’s fertility treatment. At Cryos we are here to assist you on this, and we recommend that you take a moment to read through this guide on how to handle sperm straws after placing your order with Cryos. In that way, you will be prepared when the order arrives.
To ensure that your patients are treated with a high-quality product, it is important that you accurately follow the procedure as described below.
When you receive the sperm straws
Upon delivery, you must start by checking that the product you have received matches your order, and that the delivery has not suffered any damage during transportation.
First, please check that the content of the shipment is undamaged.
If you find any faults or deficiencies due to transportation, please contact the carrier directly and if possible, include photo documentation with your complaint.
Also, on receipt please check your delivery against your order, to verify that it includes the correct number of straws from the right donor(s) or person(s).
Each straw is marked as follows:
- If donor sperm: The first name/number refers to the Donor number, and the second number is the ejaculate number (e.g., 4011-45, JOHN-15). If present, the third number is the split number (number of straw in the ejaculate).
- If customer’s own sperm: The straws are marked with a unique number, name, or combination of both (e.g., 123456-6789 James Jameson). On some straws, the number will also include an ejaculate and/or split number. Please check the packing list included with your order to see the full information about each straw.
Handling of the sperm
If the delivery equals your order, and there has been no damage due to transportation, you are now ready to proceed with the handling of the sperm.
Please be aware that the quality of the product depends on your handling of the sperm. It is therefore crucial, that you accurately follow the procedure described below.
Transferring to other storage container
If you need to transfer the frozen straws to another storage container, it is important that the straws are moved quickly (within seconds) to avoid thawing of the sperm.
Thawing – when you are ready to use the straws
Step 1: Thaw the straw at room temperature between 22-24°C/72-75°F for approximately 15-20 minutes. Please perform a microscopic sperm analysis immediately after thawing. Cryos guarantees post-thaw MOT up until this analysis. Any further handling of the sperm, please follow your local protocols.
Emptying of straw to another container
Step 2: Start by cleaning the straw with an alcohol pad
Step 3: Cut the sealing in the opposite end of the label
Step 4: Place the straw into a test tube or similar container and cut the other end of the straw, from the top of the straw (at the ID number) and empty the straw into the container.
Emptying of straw into a syringe
Step 1: Start by cleaning the straw with an alcohol pad
Step 2: Cut the sealing in the opposite end of the label
Step 3: Fit the thick end of the adapter to the syringe and place the cut end of the straw into the thin end of the adapter.
Step 4: Check your straw type on the packing list:
a. CBS 0,5 ml straws: Cut off the other end of the straw (max. 2.5 cm/1”) from the top of the straw by the ID-number/name.
b. CBS 0,4 ml and IMV straws: Cut off the end of the straw just below the plug under the ID-number.
Step 5: Keep the syringe upright. Slowly draw the content of the straw into the syringe.
Do you have questions?
We appreciate your collaboration, and we are here for you if you have any questions regarding how to handle sperm straws. We want you to feel safe and ready when the order arrives, so that you and your patients get the best possible outcome when partnering up with Cryos.