A sperm bank is a medical facility that stores sperm to be used for
artificial insemination. Donors are carefully screened for genetic conditions
and infectious diseases.
Sperm are frozen for 6 months before being used. This is done so
that the donor can be retested to ensure that he does not have the human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Frozen sperm are generally less successful in
fertilizing a woman's egg than fresh sperm.
A sperm bank provides an option for women who want to have a child
but who do not have a male partner or whose male partner is infertile.