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post #1 of 7
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Hi,

Has anyone ever used Biotranz or similar to ship semen? I am seriously considering it but want to see what other people thought to begin with.

Any responses would be gladly welcomed

Thanks
post #2 of 7
i've heard of people using them. we considered them ourselves. they can get expensive, but still, cheaper than a bank.

i would recommend getting extra supplies like the medium and things like that. some people have tried shipping without it, but it's really not advised. you may see if biotranz will send you extra supplies that way you won't have to buy multiple kits. additionally, if you are doing more than one insemination per cycle, you will need more than one kit. for instance, if you are going to do inseminations on your pre peak day, peak day, and day after that, you would need three kits because sperm would need to be mailed to you 3 times.

you can't store the excess in the fridge and use it the next day - it will die. you need a new sample each time. this is how it can get very expensive very fast, because you need essentially overnight shipping three days in a row, not to mention the price of three kits, and the price of the refillable items (storage container, medium, syringe) for each month times how many times you are inseminating each month.

additionally, your KD must follow the directions to the T for the mailer. all the instructions are important regarding the rest time and what not.

HTH
post #3 of 7
We used it and got pregnant using it either 1 or 2 times. I forget which. We lost those babes, but it had nothing to do with BioTranz. I think it's a good option to use with a known donor who is at a distance. If possible, I'd still get the donor to freeze some sperm as a back up, as I think it's good to have that, in case he's unavailable for a while, if you need to do IVF in the future, etc.

I've actually heard from the person at overnight male that you can store the "goods" in the fridge for up to 96 hours. I'm going to bet it depends on the particular guy and how long-lived his sperm are. But, it's something to look into.

We actually were able to find someone to wash the sperm and do IUIs using it, which was great. The nurse looked at the sample and it was in GREAT shape, so that helped ease our mind as to the viability post travel.

Bottom line: I think it can be a great option -- not necessarily cheap at all, but rather easy.

Good luck!
post #4 of 7
Just a thought... what your paying for is a medical grade ice pack which will easily stay frozen for 48 hours or longer when insulated in a mini styrofoam ice chest. My dd's meds are shipped overnight with these ice packs and their still frozen solid and take 1-2 days to thaw at room temp. You can probably get these from most pharmacies regular shipments of meds that need to be kept cold.
post #5 of 7
We used BioTranz. It's not just an icepack--it also contains a buffer that prolongs the sperm's life and allows it to be cooled safely. It was pricey, and it was definitely challenging when I ovulated on a Monday and we could only get an overnight shipment on Saturday. It didn't end up working out for us, but we know of people for whom it did.

If you're looking for a slightly cheaper option, I believe Northwest Cryobank sells a shipper that costs a little less, and also BioTranz has an "express" version with fewer accessories (which aren't so necessary anyway).

One bit of advice I will urge you to take is that if you use these, make sure your donor schedules a morning delivery. There was at least one time when our shipment rode around in the FedEx truck for the entire day--clearly not good.

I hope this helps! Good luck!
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by cpmamas View Post
We used BioTranz. It's not just an icepack--it also contains a buffer that prolongs the sperm's life and allows it to be cooled safely. It was pricey, and it was definitely challenging when I ovulated on a Monday and we could only get an overnight shipment on Saturday. It didn't end up working out for us, but we know of people for whom it did.

If you're looking for a slightly cheaper option, I believe Northwest Cryobank sells a shipper that costs a little less, and also BioTranz has an "express" version with fewer accessories (which aren't so necessary anyway).

One bit of advice I will urge you to take is that if you use these, make sure your donor schedules a morning delivery. There was at least one time when our shipment rode around in the FedEx truck for the entire day--clearly not good.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

You can buy the buffer separately, which is a much cheaper option.
post #7 of 7

Did you do any tests before using biotranz?

We are planning to start receiving sperm from our KD, who lives half-way across the country, through the mail and have so far only found Biotranz as a viable shipping option. Right now we're trying to figure out what tests to have the KD do before we start inseminations. With prior donors, we planned to bank, so the bank ran all kinds of tests including semen analysis and a freeze and post-thaw viability test. We hope not to have to bank with this donor, so I don't really want to go back to the bank for those tests. But, it would be good to have some idea if our KD has good swimmers or not.

Did anyone do any testing before beginning biotranz shipments? If so, please share! Thanks.
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