Patient FAQs

  • Sperm Banking – Recipient Couples / Patients
    • What does a donor sperm mean?

      Physically fit and healthy men come forth to donate sperms anonymously to help a social cause. Such potential donors are pre-screened by BabyQuest CryoBank for genetic and pathological disorders and their donated samples are then processed and stored at very low temperatures (-196°C) for future use. Such samples are made available by us as donor sperm samples for treatment of infertility.

    • How does BabyQuest CryoBank screen the potential donors?
      We are guided by US FDA, EU and Indian ICMR guidelines. Our expert panel of doctors and psychological counsellors interact with the potential donors and screen them based on the national and international guidelines. All our potential donors are screened for genetic and pathological disorders, We perform following tests to screen our donors :
      • Complete Blood Count
      • Blood Typing
      • HIV 1 & 2 antibody testing
      • Hepatitis B surface antigen
      • Hepatitis B core antibody testing
      • Hepatitis C antibody testing
      • SGPT (serum glutamic pyruvic transaminase)
      • Random Blood Sugar
      • S. Creatinine
      • Routine urine testing
      • Chromosome Analysis (karyotype)
      • Hemoglobinopathies including Thalassemia (alpha and beta)

      and only then donor samples are accepted for storage. We observe a quarantine period of the maximum strictness, namely six months, and repeat our tests for infectious diseases and only if the donor continues to be free of infections then the samples released for use by the recipient.

    • How do I select a sperm donor that is best suited to my needs? What kind of information do you provide regarding the donors?
      Customized to your criteria

      Our donors are completely anonymous, but certain information is available for you to match with your own basic criteria like height, weight, skin colour, blood group, basic education and eye colour. This data is available online on our website under section ‘Donor Search’ , where you can search based on your criteria.

      High quality, pre-screened samples

      All our samples have assured post-thaw motility, given our world-class processing and storing procedures. We also offer sperm samples with different levels of motility, to best suit your particular line of treatment.

      Extended profile

      We also provide additional information like donor’s personal likes and dislikes, family medical history up to three generations, donor’s hobbies, detailed educational profile, family background, staff impression, amongst others, to give recipients additional comfort in selecting the sperm sample from the right donor. There is a separate charge for releasing this information. However, please note that all donations are completely anonymous and no such information will be revealed which can compromise on donor’s anonymity.

    • What does motility of sperm sample mean? Why does your database display different kinds of motility for the sperm samples?

      Simply put, motility is moving spermatozoa per ml of the sample. We have different types of samples, namely M5, M10, M20, M30 and M40 and above. Different types of infertility treatments require samples with different concentration of motile sperms e.g. ICSI treatment can be successfully conducted with a low concentration of motile sperms , whereas for success in IUI treatment, high motility sample is recommended. Therefore, depending upon your particular case, your doctor would recommend a particular motility sample for you. You can then choose based on such criteria from our Donor Database.

    • How important is it to choose a donor with specific blood type?

      An individual may have  A, B, AB, O blood group. For obvious benefits.. it would be better to match the group of the donor with the male. An individual may be Rh-positive or Rh -negative . When the women is Rh-negative, such women can develop antibodies to the fetus they are carrying which may be Rh-positive. There is a significant chance of carrying an Rh-positive fetus if the sperm sample of an Rh-positive donor is used. Therefore such possibility should be discussed with your infertility specialist or gynecologist to take care of future complications. 

    • Do you provide donor’s photographs?

      This is a strict no-no. We follow the strictest norms on maintaining donor anonymity and we therefore neither collect nor provide donor photographs. However, we do share certain information like height, weight skin colour, hair colour, educational background, hobbies amongst others to help you in making the right choice. For additional details on the type of information provided, please visit our section on Sperm Banking.

    • How do I place an order?

      You can check the sample availability online on our Sample Database, and communicate the selected sample as well as the contact details of your doctor/infertility specialist by email. We shall confirm the order specifications given and confirm the date of delivery with your doctor/specialist and request you to transfer the 100% advance payment to our bank account. Once we have received the advance payment, we will deliver the sample on the given date to the clinic. Please note that we do not ship to individual patient addresses, but only to the infertility clinics handling the patients’ treatment, as per ICMR guidelines.

    • How do you ship an order?

      All deliveries are shipped with the utmost care, since the sperm samples are temperature-sensitive. All deliveries are therefore transported in liquid nitrogen or liquid nitrogen vapour containers.

    • How much time do you take to deliver an order?

      We need to receive your confirmed order and doctor’s details by email and 100% advance payment, at least a week prior to your preferred date of delivery.

    • Can we return the sample due to any reason?

      No, we are sorry, but we do not accept return of delivered samples under any circumstances. Once the shipment leaves our premises, neither is it accepted back nor the money refunded. Please note that we do not refund the advance payment, in part or in full, once the shipment leaves our premises.

    • Supposing the recipient has a baby from a specific donor. Can they ‘reserve’ a sample from the same donor for future use?

      Yes, recipient couple can reserve a sample from same donor for their future use , Please visit our section on sample reservation.

    • Why would I prefer BabyQuest?

      Our systems and procedures are world-class and in line with best practices globally. We are guided by EU, US FDA and Indian (ICMR) guidelines. Our stringent screening practices include genetic screening for every accepted donor. This is far more than what our present Indian regulations recommend.

  • Egg Banking – Recipient Couples / Patients
    • What does a donor egg mean?

      Egg donation is a voluntary and noble act of humanity performed by a healthy female, who decides to undergo a surgical procedure to produce and have her eggs picked up. These eggs would be used as donor eggs in the treatment of infertility in needy patients, by an authorized reproduction centre. Such potential donors are pre-screened by BabyQuest CryoBank for genetic and pathological disorders. 

    • How does BabyQuest CryoBank screen the potential donors?

      We are guided by US FDA, EU and Indian ICMR guidelines. Our expert panel of doctors and psychological counsellors interact with the potential donors and screen them based on the national and international guidelines. All our potential donors are screened for genetic and pathological disorders. For detailed information on the tests we conduct, please visit the section on Screening.

    • How do I select an egg donor that is best suited to my needs? What kind of information do you provide regarding the donors?
      Customized to your criteria

      Our donors are completely anonymous, but certain information is available for you to match with your patient’s basic criteria like height, weight, skin colour, blood group, basic education and eye colour. This data is available in our Donor Registry. You can contact us to check if we have a donor satisfying your criteria.

      Extended profile

      We also provide additional information like donor’s personal likes and dislikes, family medical history up to three generations, donor’s hobbies, detailed educational profile, family background, staff impression, amongst others, to give recipients additional comfort in selecting the right egg donor. There is a separate charge for releasing this information. However, please note that all donations are completely anonymous and no such information will be revealed which can compromise on donor’s anonymity.

    • How important is it to choose a donor with specific blood type?

      An individual may have A, B, AB, O, +ve or –ve blood group. For obvious benefits, it would be better to match the blood group of the donor with that of the female partner. An individual may be Rh-positive or Rh -negative . When the female partner in the recipient couple is Rh-negative, and the fetus she is carrying is Rh-positive, she can develop antibodies to the fetus, which can be potentially fatal. There is a significant chance of carrying an Rh-positive fetus if the egg sample of an Rh-positive donor is used. Therefore such possibility should be discussed with your infertility specialist or gynecologist to take care of future complications.

    • Do you provide donor’s photographs?

      This is a strict no-no. We follow the strictest norms on maintaining donor anonymity and we therefore neither collect nor provide donor photographs. However, we do share certain information like height, weight skin colour, hair colour, educational background, hobbies amongst others to help you in making the right choice. For additional details on the type of information provided, please visit our section on Egg Banking.

    • I am interested. How do I go about it?

      Please write in to us at query@babyquest.in and we shall get the process rolling. You shall also need to inform your clinician who is handling your treatment so that the necessary formalities can be completed and the process begun.

    • Why would I prefer BabyQuest?

      Our standards and processes are guided by EU, US FDA and Indian (ICMR) guidelines. We screen ALL our donors for genetic and pathological disorders from NABL-accredited laboratories. Our stringent screening practices include genetic screening for every accepted donor. This is far more than what our present Indian regulations recommend. Our professionalism, consistency in service and delivery has earned us respect from doctors and donors alike.

  • Surrogacy – Recipient Couples / Patients
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  • General Questions Regarding Infertility
    • What is infertility?

      Infertility is a condition in which a couple is unable to conceive after more than twelve months of frequent, unprotected sexual intercourse.

    • What are the causes of Infertility?

      There are various causes for infertility, which involve one or both parents. Common causes of male & female Infertility are as follow:

      Causes for Male Infertility
      • Sedentary Life Style 
      • Abnormal sperm production or function
      • Blockages
      • Varoicocele
      • Irregular Sperms
      • Anti-sperm Antibodies
      • Over exposure to certain chemicals and toxins
      • Damage related to cancer and its treatment
      • Unexplained infertility problem
      Causes for Female Infertility
      • Sedentary Lifestyle
      • Ovulation Disorders
      • Uterine or cervical abnormalities
      • Fallopian tube damage or blockage
      • Endometriosis
      • Primary ovarian insufficiency
      • Pelvic Adhesions
      • Thyroid problem
      • Cancer & its treatment
      • Unexplained infertility problem
    • What are the treatments available for infertility?

      Treatment would depend upon the cause of infertility.

      • Obesity, Stress and certain occupations affect fertility. Therefore lifestyle modifications help in some cases.
      • Medical therapy in the forms of tablet or injections are used to boost fertility in both man and women
      • Surgival intervention is required in certain cases. 
      • Infertility can even be treated by any of the assisted reproduive technologies
    • What is male Infertility?

      Male infertility refers to the inability of a male to achieve a pregnancy in a fertile female. In humans it accounts for 40-50% of infertility. Male infertility is commonly due to deficiencies in the semen, and semen quality.

    • What is female Infertility?

      Female infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a woman to contribute to conception. Infertility may also refer to the state of a woman who is unable to carry a pregnancy to full term.

    • What is unexplained Infertility?

      When no specific cause of infertility is identified then it is called as an unexplained Infertility.

    • Is Infertility a common problem?

      Yes, out of around 250 million individuals estimated to be attempting parenthood at any given time, 13 to 19 million couples are likely to be infertile.

    • Is infertility just a woman’s problem?

      No, infertility is not always a woman’s problem. Both women and men can have problems that cause infertility. About one-third of infertility cases are caused by women’s problems. Another one third of fertility problems are due to the man. The other cases are caused by a mixture of male and female problems or by unknown problems.

    • Is infertility hereditary in nature?

      There are many causes of infertility so therefore it is not possible to say that it is hereditary in such general terms.

    • Dose age of man affect his fertility?

      Yes, age affects male fertility but not as much as it affects female fertility.

    • Does age of a woman affect her fertility?

      Women are born with a finite number of eggs. Thus, as the reproductive years progress, the number and quality of the eggs diminish. The chances of having a baby decrease by 3% to 5% per year after the age of 30. This reduction in fertility is noted to a much greater extent after age 40.