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IUI-ready and ICI-ready Donor Sperm: What's the Difference?

IUI-ready and ICI-ready sperm

When browsing through our extended list of sperm donors, you will come across the terms "IUI-ready" and "ICI-ready" (or ICI-Unwashed). These two terms are used as a description of sperm that has been prepared and is available from that donor.

ICI-ready (Intra-Cervical Insemination) Sperm

ICI-ready (or ICI unwashed) sperm means that the sperm is unwashed. In other words, all the natural fluid and cells are held together with the sperm instead of "washed" or removed. This is ideal for home insemination because these are non-surgical procedures, so your body will handle the sperm naturally, just as it would during intercourse.

IUI-ready (Intrauterine Insemination) Sperm

IUI-ready sperm means that the sperm has been washed. Before cryopreservation, the sperm cells are separated from the seminal fluid through density gradient, washed and then added to a cryopreservative medium.

This type of sperm is typically used for an IUI procedure (and fertility treatments such as IVF). This is because those treatments require washed sperm that has been cleaned of its seminal fluid.

Read more on how an IUI procedure is done here.

IUI-ready sperm can also be used for home insemination, but it is not necessary. Most people chose to purchase IUI-ready sperm for home insemination just in the case that their preferred donor does not have ICI-ready straws available.

Read more about how the home insemination procedure is done here.

More Information about IUI-ready and ICI-ready sperm and donors

Cryos strives to provide you with the knowledge you need when choosing your perfect donor. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected] or give our friendly Customer Care Team a call at (407) 203-1175. We look forward to helping you on your path to parenthood!