Sperm donation is a generous gift that could make an incredible difference to people who, without the help of donors, may not be able to conceive. At Wessex Fertility we always welcome sperm donations, as donor sperm is in short supply. We realise how important our sperm donors are, and appreciate the gift they are giving to others. The donation process is not time-consuming and is very discreet. Our environment is comfortable and our friendly team are experienced in managing sperm donation programmes.
Types of sperm donor
There are two different types of sperm donor:
- Altruistic donors (who are donating their sperm for use by anyone needing donor sperm)
- Known donors (who are donating for a specific person)
Who can be a sperm donor?
We are looking for sperm donors who fit the following criteria:
- Between 20 and 41 years of age (until your 41st birthday)
- In general good health
- Available to make around 12 visits to the clinic over a three month period
Altruistic sperm donors
How it works
Altruistic donors are men willing to donate sperm which will be frozen for later use by someone who they don’t know. Men first provide a sample for semen analysis and undergo some screening tests, to make sure there’s no reason why they shouldn’t donate. Before the donor’s sperm is used, they’ll be matched with a recipient who has similar characteristics, i.e. hair colour, build etc. This is an anonymous process: the sperm donor and the donor recipient will not know each other’s identities. The altruistic donor’s sperm can be used for artificial insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilisation treatment.
Our sperm donors make around 10 donations on separate visits over an agreed length of time (usually between 3-6 months). Sperm donors are reimbursed £35 for each visit at the end of donation to cover travel and work expenses incurred during the process. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming an altruistic sperm donor.
Known sperm donors
Known donors donate their sperm to someone they know. There is no remuneration offered by the clinic for this process. The recipient can offer expenses to their donor, but they must comply with the maximum expenses outlined by the HFEA, in the same way that the clinic would with an altruistic donor. If this is something you are considering and would like to proceed, please contact the clinic.
Support and Counselling
All our donors are encouraged to use our counselling service before they start a donation cycle and at any point during or after the donation process. Our trained and experienced counsellor will discuss the issues around donation and its implications. Things like:
- Your reasons for wanting to donate
- Donor anonymity implications
- The welfare of any child or children born as a result of using your donated sperm
- The rights and needs of children born resulting from your donation
- Other potential implications for the future
It’s important that our donors understand the full implications involved in donating, and feel sure that they wish to continue with the process.
Your First Steps
Thanks for taking the time to read this information. If you’d like to give someone the chance to start a family, the first step is to get in touch with us. We’ll take your details, confirm that you could be a prospective donor, and send you our donor information pack. We’ll also book you in for a semen analysis, so we can check that your sperm meets the criteria for donation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have any parental responsibility for donor-conceived children?
A: No, the recipients are the parents of the child. You have no financial or legal obligation or responsibility.
Q: Will the recipients of my sperm ever know who I am?
A: If you are an altruistic donor, recipients will not be told your identity. You will complete a characteristics form that will aid the recipients in choosing a donor but no personal information will be disclosed. If a child is born as a result of your donation, they are able to find out detailed information about you once they reach 18 years of age and this information could lead to them identifying you. There is more information available on this subject on the National Gamete Donation Trust website http://www.ngdt.co.uk/become-a-sperm-donor.
More questions about sperm donation? Check out our FAQs section