Answer from: Melvin H. Thornton, Associate Professor
Sperm can be shipped to whatever clinic you want it to go to, to be used in the future. In most cases, people who are going to preserve their sperm will go to a sperm bank or a facility that specializes in long-term storage. Once the sperm is there, you can just let them know in the future where you want that sperm to go to, and at that point in time, it’s just paperwork and setting up a transport. The paperwork is just consent, saying that you want to transfer your sperm from one place to the next. And then the transport can be arranged within a week to two weeks to have the sperm at the clinic. In some cases, if you need the sperm right away, it can be shipped in two days as long as the paperwork is done in advance.
Answer from: Ioannis Zervomanolakis, PhD
The sperm sample can be shipped to another clinic as long as the other clinic also has the EU license that we use. Regarding countries that are not in the European Union, we get special approval from the Greek health authorities. So there is no concern about sending sperm to another country.
Can cryopreserved sperm be transported to another IVF clinic?
Cryopreserved sperm can be shipped to another clinic or country, however, this needs to be done via a professional IVF courier.