What is Known Sperm Donation?
Sperm donation is the act of donating sperm in a safe and painless manner to assist couples known personally by the sperm donor who are experiencing fertility issues. This process provides hope for those dealing with infertility or reproductive challenges, allowing them to pursue parenthood through the utilization of donated sperm in various assisted reproductive techniques.
What Are The Qualifications To Become A Sperm Donor for someone that I know?
The qualifications to become a sperm donor can vary depending on the specific requirements of the fertility clinic you are interested in working with. To become a known sperm donor at Fertility & Endocrine Associates, you must be between 19 and 38 years of age, in good health and willing to undergo and pass a psychological evaluation to gauge your understanding about the donation process and your rights to resulting offspring.
From there, you will complete a pre-screening questionnaire and will begin your journey towards becoming a sperm donor. Following the pre-screening questionnaire, you’ll be invited to provide an initial sperm sample during an in-person visit. This initial sample is for laboratory assessment purposes and helps us determine sperm count, morphology (overall sperm health), and motility (how well sperm move). If your counts meet our criteria, you’ll progress to the next stage.
During your next visit, you will be required to complete a comprehensive medical history survey covering your family, medical, and sexual history, as well as details like allergies, relatives’ medical history, international travel, age, occupation, education, military service (if applicable), and other pertinent topics. You’ll discuss your responses directly with one of our clinicians to ensure clarity and thoroughness.
Once you pass the questionnaire, a doctor will conduct a complete physical examination, including a genital exam and a color vision test. This examination also involves blood, urine, and genetic testing to screen for a wide range of infectious diseases. Upon reaching this stage, your donated sample will be frozen and stored in cryo-storage for a minimum of six months. After the quarantine period, your samples become available for use by the recipient couple
Frequently Asked Questions about Sperm Donation
Are sperm donors compensated?
Known sperm donors are not compensated.
Will I have any rights or responsibilities over the child?
As a sperm donor, you waive any parental rights or responsibilities over any resulting donor-conceived children.