SPERM BANKS

While it’s important to “go local” for other resources on this site, such as doctors, midwives, and lawyers, most lesbian mothers tend to widen their search for sperm banks, simply to consider a wider variety of options. Certain sperm banks may offer more “open-donor” selection, for example, or may cater to gay and lesbian families specifically by gathering more gay male donor sperm. It depends on what criteria best fits your needs. That said, it may be useful to use a local sperm bank for some services, like sperm storage, testing, and collection (should you be using a known donor), but it is not necessary. See below for our list of Sperm Banks in NYC and some of the most commonly used Sperm Banks across the country by lesbian mothers.

GAY-FRIENDLY SPERM BANKS:

BIOGENETICS CORP.

OPEN DONORS

1130 Rte. 22W, P.O. Box 1290

Mountainside, NJ 07092

Phone: 908/654-8836

Fax: 908/232-211

No restrictions; open to single women and lesbian couples.

Notes from the website: “For donors of diversified ethnic origins”

www.sperm1.com

CALIFORNIA CRYOBANK INC.

OPEN DONORS

1019 Gayley Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90024

Phone: 800/231-3373 or 310/443-5244

Fax: 301-443-5258

No restrictions; open to single women and lesbian couples.

Notes from the website: “Largest and most diverse donor selection in the country”

www.cryobank.com

CRYOBIOLOGY INC.

4830D Knightsbridge Blvd.

Columbus, OH 43214

Phone: 614/451-4375

Fax: 614/451-5284

No restrictions; open to single women and lesbian couples.

Notes from the website: “Majority of our donors are students at local universities, most in graduate or professional schools”

www.cryobio.com

CRYOGENIC LABORATORIES INC.

1944 Lexington Ave., North

Roseville, MN 55113

Phone: 651/489-8000

Fax: 651/489-8989

No restrictions; open to single women and lesbian couples.

Notes from the website: “Founded 40 years ago as the first US sperm bank, fully accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB)”

www.cryolab.com

CRYOS NEW YORK

90 Maiden Lane, Suite 302

New York, NY 10038

Phone: 866/366-6777 or 212/430-5950

Fax: 917/591-4227

No restrictions; open to single women and lesbian couples

Notes from the website: “We offer donor semen and semen storage services with the ability to ship specimens to more than 65 countries.”

www.ny.crosinternational.com/home.aspx

EUROPEAN SPERM BANK USA

OPEN DONORS

4915 25th Avenue NE, Suite 204

Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: 800/709-1223

Fax: 206/588-1485

No restrictions; open to single women and lesbian couples.

Notes from the website: “Specializes in open identity donors, affiliated with Denmark-based European Sperm Bank”

www.europeanspermbankusa.com

FAIRFAX CRYOBANK, USA

3015 Williams Dr, Ste. 110

Fairfax, VA 22031

Phone: 800/338-8407 or 703/698-3976

Fax: 703/698-3933

Notes from the website: “We perform the most extensive genetic and infectious disease testing of all sperm banks, extensive donor information”

www.fairfaxcryobank.com

IDANT LABORATORIES

350 Fifth Ave., Ste. 7120

New York, NY 10118

Phone: 212/244-0555

Fax: 212/244-0806

No restrictions; open to single women and lesbian couples.

Notes from the website: “One of the oldest and largest semen banks in the United States”

www.idant.com

PACIFIC REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES

OPEN DONORS

444 DeHaro St., Ste. 222

San Francisco, CA 94107

Phone: 888/469-5800 or 415/487-2288

Fax: 415/863-4358

Notes from the website: “lesbian-owned sperm bank. ..Most ‘willing to be known’ donors, now providing full-face donor video interviews and/or current photos of a broad range of donors.”

www.pacrepro.com/index.php

MANHATTAN CRYOBANK

OPEN AND ANONYMOUS DONORS

110 East 40th Street

Suite 101, New York, NY 10016

Phone: 877.396.CRYO (2796) OR 212.396.CRYO (2796)

Fax: 212.396.2797

Email: info@manhattancryobank.com

Notes from the website: “follows and adheres to established guidelines and standards for the selection and screening of sperm donors as well as the testing, processing, storage and distribution of semen specimens”

www.manhattancryobank.com

RAINBOW FLAG HEALTH SERVICES AND SPERM BANK

OPEN DONORS

Alameda, CA

Phone: 510/521-7737

Notes from the website: “first sperm bank to actively recruit gay and bisexual sperm donors… only sperm bank to tell the mother who the donor is when the child is three months old… limit our donors to have children by only 4-6 different women…against circumcision”

www.gayspermbank.com

REPROLAB

332 East 30th Street

New York NY 10016

Phone: (212) 779-3988

Fax: (212) 779-3907

Email: info@reprolabinc.com

Notes from the website: Also offers fertility services; “Located on a quiet mid-Manhattan street, Repro Lab provides a caring environment where every patient receives individual attention”

www.reprolabinc.com

SPERM BANK OF CALIFORNIA

OPEN DONORS

2115 Milvia St.

Berkeley, CA 94704

Phone: 510/841-1858

Fax: 510/841-0332

Notes from the website: “making the dream of family a reality for diverse families for more than 25 years”

www.thespermbankofca.org

XYTEX CORP.

1100 Emmett St.

Augusta, GA 30904

Phone: 800/277-3210 or 706/733-0130

Fax: 706/736-9720

Notes from the website: “Xytex provides at least 25 million motile sperm per milliliter to be inseminated, the highest of any sperm bank”

www.xytex.com

ZYGEN LABORATORY

18425 Burbank Blvd., Ste. 411

Tarzana, CA 91356

Phone: 800/255-7242 or 818/705-3600

Fax: 818/705-3640

Notes from the website: “Since its inception in 1981, Zygen Laboratory has been a pioneer and an innovator in the field of reproductive medicine”

www.zygen.com

Note: Only a relative handful of banks are accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. Not being AATB accredited does not mean that a bank is bad, according to HRC.

For a more detailed analysis of the pricing and offerings of top sperm banks, see our Sperm Bank Comparison.

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