The cost of donor sperm depends on multiple factors, such as sperm motility (ability to move efficiently), donor type and how much donor information the clients want.
Nowadays, there is the added boost from technology.
For example, Cryos staff used to look at sperm using a microscope and do a manual count; but there is now a computer-assisted method, which makes for more accurate and reproducible results, cited Skytte.
And instead of traditional pornography, Cryos now provides virtual reality (VR) goggles to donors. This, too, is evidence-based: The company has studied the effect of using VR and is due to publish its findings, said Skytte.
“If you compare this quality of sperm from a man masturbating (with) a man having sexual intercourse, the sperm quality is better when it’s stimulated by sexual intercourse,” she said.
“So, (by) making it as lively as possible, we may be able to improve the quality.”