Frequently Asked Questions


  1. Must I establish an account to order semen specimens?
    No. An account is not required. However, payment is required prior to shipment.
  2. What methods of payment do you accept?
    We accept payment by check, money order, Visa, Mastercard & Discover.
  3. What is the average age of your donors?
    26 years.
  4. Does Reproductive Resources limit number of pregnancies per donor?
    Yes. We limit the number of donor pregnancies to one pregnancy per 100,000 population.
  5. What criteria must semen specimens meet to be accepted as anonymous donor semen?
    Liquefaction within 1 hour; average count of at least 85 x 106/cc; initial motility greater than 50%; fewer than 30 percent of sperm with anomalies of sperm head and neck piece; and average cryosurvival rate of at least 50 percent.
  6. Can I perform the insemination at home or can this only be done at the doctor’s office?
    Inseminations may be done at home; however, we ship semen specimens in LN tanks only to laboratories, clinics, and physician offices to comply with the standards of the American Association of Tissue Banks. Our LN tanks are not intended for transport to individual homes. You may, with physician approval and
    signed paperwork, have a specimen shipped to your home on dry ice via next day delivery. If you live near New Orleans and have a doctor’s order for home insemination, you can pick your specimen from our office using a cooler with dry ice. Call for more details..
  7. Who do I notify to report a pregnancy?
    Call your doctor’s office and request that the office inform us of the pregnancy. We provide a postcard in each shipment for pregnancy reporting.
  8. How many tries does it usually take to achieve pregnancy?
    Pregnancy rate is dependent on maternal age. Women under thirty-five years of age usually require fewer attempts to achieve pregnancy than older women. The pregnancy rate is also dependent on the clinic, type of ovarian stimulation, insemination procedure used and how ovulation is monitored. Often young women are recommended to undergo five insemination cycles prior to switching to a more aggressive technology such as IVF.
  9. How many vials are usually purchased?
    Most patients buy between 3 to 6 vials of semen and have us ship each specimen as needed. This way they can use their first choice each month.
  10. Is it possible for a child conceived through donor insemination to contact the donor?
    Reproductive Resources does not have an “open door” program. We protect the anonymity of our donors and recipients. Photos of our donors are not provided to the public, however are able to photo-match your partner to a donor if you provide us a picture.
  11. Is it possible to find out where donor pregnancies are located?
    We send pregnancy cards with each shipment of donor semen and rely on the clinicians to report pregnancies to us. The number of reported pregnancies in your geographical area will be provided to you upon request.
  12. What is the difference between standard and pre-washed vials?
    Standard specimens are for use in cervical insemination. If your doctor wants to use a standard vial for intrauterine insemination the sample must be washed prior to insemination. This is a routine procedure done in many OB/GYN and fertility clinics.
    Pre-washed vials contain sperm that has already been washed and can be used for intrauterine insemination after thaw. If you need a donor specimen for an In Vitro Fertilization procedure, standard vials should be purchased.

If you did not find your answer here please give us a call at 800-227-4561 or 504-454-7973.