On the other hand, the number of women searching for donor sperm to help them conceive is rising. More and more single women, lesbian couples and heterosexual couples with fertility issues are seeking assistance from this route.
In some clinics, sperm has needed to be shipped in from countries such as Denmark and the USA, just to meet demand.
Deciding to go through with the donor process is a big decision, and one which shouldn’t be taken lightly. Here is some information on how to become a sperm donor, and what the procedure involves.
What is involved in the donation process?
The process itself is very simple. You will be asked to carry out an initial sperm test analysis, alongside some blood tests. This is simply to ensure that you’re free from any infections, and that your sperm is suitable for freezing.
Once that’s complete, you’ll be invited to a fertility clinic to provide your donation, which will then be frozen. If your sample meets the eligibility criteria, you’ll be selected as a donor and your sample will be used as part of an IVF, ICSI or IUI treatment.
You will have to attend more than one donation session, meaning that the entire process can take around six months to complete.
Is there payment for a sperm donation?
Legally, a sperm donor can receive up to £35 per clinic visit, which covers expenses for things like travel and accommodation. It’s illegal to pay sperm donors more than enough to cover reasonable expenses.
Can I be an anonymous sperm donor?
Due to a change in the law in 2005, anyone conceived with the help of a donor can, when they turn 18, request information about the donor including their name, date of birth and last known address.
This doesn’t mean necessarily mean you will be contacted. Alongside this, if you’ve donated through a licensed UK fertility clinic, like us, you will have no legal responsibilities or rights to any children conceived through your donation.
You are able to access information as to how many children have been conceived from your donations, should you choose to.
Having this choice will mean that whether you decide to find this information or not, the option is there if your mind changes.
Hopefully, this article has opened your eyes to how secure and relatively simple the donation process is, and how much of a positive impact it can have on individual lives.
If you wish to discuss the process in more detail or have questions about the other fertility treatments we provide, feel free to get in touch with us today. We are always more than happy to help you to take the next step on your fertility journey.