The Sperm Donation Process

There are six steps to becoming a sperm donor. In our helpful guide below we’ll walk you through the process of becoming a sperm donor.

 

Step 1: Testing

You’ve started on your journey to becoming a sperm donor. In our first step, a semen analysis will be conducted to check the quality of your sperm. It is very important that you refrain from sexual activity for three days prior as otherwise, it can contaminate the results of the semen analysis. If you’ve got health swimmers then you’re all clear to proceed to Step 2: Medical Appointment

Step 2: Medical Appointment

At your Medical Appointment, you will be required to provide a copy of your personal medical history and have an appointment with a clinician. It is important to us that we know the medical history of our donors as any donor-conceived children may need to know their full medical history in later life. In your clinician appointment, the clinician will look at your semen analysis results and your medical history, if they give you the all-clear then you can move to Step 3: Counselling Sessions

Step 3: Counselling Sessions

Counselling sessions are a compulsory requirement and the number of required counselling sessions varies from state to state but the minimum is one session (for more information speak to a fertility nurse). We also recommend that if you have a partner that they attend the counselling session(s) so that they are informed about the process and how it impacts them. In this session, the counsellor will run through all information about becoming a sperm donor and all your rights and responsibilities. If you have any questions about the future implications of you becoming a sperm donor then your counsellor will be happy to help. After this session(s) you will sign the donor consent form and will be free to move to Step 4: Screening Tests

 

Step 4: Screening Tests

Screening tests are painless and non-invasive tests that involve our clinicians in checking for any infectious or genetic diseases that you may have and be unaware of.  If you pass these screening tests then you can move to Step 5: Donating

 

Step 5: Donating (Clinic recruited donors)

A clinic recruited donor is a sperm donor that permits the use of his sperm to anyone who needs it and does not know the identity of the person to whom they are donating. This is different from a known donor where the sperm donor only permits the use of his sperm to the person to whom he is donating and knows the identity of this person prior to donation. In order to get enough volume of sperm, we usually need 10 separate donations from our sperm donors and we advise these be done across a 10 week period. As per Step 1: Testing it is important that you refrain from sexual activity for three days prior to donating. After your final donation, you are free to move onto Step 6: Quarantine

 

Step 5: Donating (Known donors)

A known donor is a sperm donor only permits the use of his sperm to the person to whom he is donating and knows the identity of this person prior to donation. This is different from a clinic recruited donor where the sperm donor permits the use of sperm to anyone who needs it and does not know the identity of the person to whom they are donating. In order to get enough volume of sperm, we usually need 10 separate donations from our sperm donors and we advise these be done across a 10 week period. As per Step 1: Testing it is important that you refrain from sexual activity for three days prior to donating. In order to get enough volume of sperm, we usually need 10 separate donations from our sperm donors and we advise these be done across a 10 week period. After your final donation, you are free to move onto Step 6: Quarantine

 

Step 6: Quarantine

After your final donation, all sperm is quarantined and frozen for approximately three months. After this period our clinician will require you to undergo one final blood test, if given the all clear your sperm will now be available for use.

 

 

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