Becoming a sperm donor is an incredibly rewarding experience, as it will allow couples who are suffering from fertility issues, or same-sex couples who want to start a family, to conceive.
While the actual process is usually quite quick and easy, if can be tricky to know where to start.
Therefore, to help you get a better understanding of what becoming a sperm donor involves, we have put together a list of requirements and benefits.
If you are looking for information on how to become a sperm donor, or are considering the process, read on to find out more and see if the process is right for you.
Why should I donate my sperm?
One of the best reasons to become a sperm donor – and why it is such an incredibly worthwhile thing to do – is to help people who may not be able to have children.
Not only will you be helping heterosexual couples who can’t conceive naturally to reach their goals of becoming parents, you may also be a sperm donor for lesbian couples, who must rely on fertility treatments using donated sperm, to create a family.
What does sperm donation involve?
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Sperm donation is overall a rather uncomplicated procedure.
One of the first things that will happen before you can become a sperm donor, is a screening process. During this test you must meet certain criteria, which will include being clear on any infections you may have had and that your medical history is clear.
Once you have successfully completed this, you will be interviewed by a member of the clinic to get to know your personality better. Potential recipients can then match their requirements to your donation.
Along with this, you may be asked to provide an initial sample to establish your sperm count and motility.
What happens after I donate my sperm?
Sperm donation is usually done anonymously, although in some cases a known donor can be used, although they will still need to be screened first.
Due to this anonymity, and a 2005 change in the law, a child will usually be unable to access information about the donor until they are 18.
Once you’ve made your donation, you could be compensated for your time although this will vary dependant on when it is made. Some clinics offer up to £35 per donation.
If you are interested in becoming a sperm donor, or want more information before you make a decision, feel free to get in touch with our team of experts who can answer any questions you have.