Jade, who lives in Macon, Georgia and identifies as transfeminine, had been considering sperm banking since 2013. She wanted to preserve her genetic material knowing that hormone replacement therapy could affect her fertility — but she wasn’t able to afford going through with traditional methods, which totaled over $1,000 at the sperm bank closest to where she lives. At her mother’s urging, and after a partner lost a viable pregnancy, Jade recommitted herself to preserving her fertility and keeping biological children as an option in the future.
She found Dadi, a new company that offers a mail-in sperm analysis kit and storage subscription, while searching online last year, and used the company in their beta phase. Now she pays $9.99 a month, the equivalent to a Netflix subscription, to store her genetic material.