Our Insemination and Fertility Services in California
Our insemination services
For a woman planning an alternative family, a sperm bank that is fully supportive and understanding of her unique needs is an important part of the insemination process. Our commitment to you is to provide a comfortable, supportive environment for you as you begin the journey to pregnancy.
Our clinicians are specialists in Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), which is performed in both our San Francisco and Pasadena medical offices. During the procedure, the donor's sperm undergoes careful preparation after which it is deposited directly into the woman's uterus.
It is well established that pregnancy rates are more than twice as high when sperm is administered by IUI rather than by simply placing the sperm in the woman's vagina. IUI is also a non-invasive procedure that costs a fraction of the fees charged for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).
However, should a woman prefer to be inseminated in the privacy of her own home, our clinicians can give clear instruction on how to place the sperm in the vagina near the cervix.
Since FDA regulations require that donor sperm be frozen and stored for 180 days to permit retesting for infectious disease, PRS recommends two inseminations per cycle, as frozen sperm does not survive in a woman's body as long as fresh sperm.
For more information on the artificial insemination process, please see About Artificial Insemination and Specimen Types.
Our fertility testing and treatment services
For more than 20 years, Pacific Reproductive Services has offered fertility testing and treatment in addition to our sperm bank and insemination services.
A fertility evaluation is recommended in women attempting pregnancy who have not conceived after 4 or 5 cycles of well-timed artificial insemination, or a year or more of regular, unprotected intercourse. Earlier evaluation and treatment is recommended for women approaching 40, or who have irregular cycles or a history of endometriosis.
A fertility evaluation at PRS includes taking a medical history of the woman, followed by blood tests for
specific hormone levels and ultrasound imaging of her uterus and ovaries. Treatment may involve correcting
certain hormone imbalances and/or prescribing mild fertility drugs. PRS does not provide in-vitro
fertilization or more powerful injectable fertility drugs. PRS is happy to provide referrals to reproductive
endocrinologists for more advanced fertility treatments.
For more information on the artificial insemination process, please click here.