WHAT DO I WRITE IN MY SPERM DONOR PROFILE?21st September 2017
Writing your sperm donor profile is one of the most personal parts of your sperm donation journey.
It’s also one of the most important – because your sperm donor profile has the potential to be life-changing. It’s what patients use to decide if you’re the sperm donor for them.
So what goes into your sperm donor profile, and how do you write it? We can’t include a photograph of you, or any information that could identify you.
Anonymity is intact between sperm donor and patient, if someone uses your sperm, successfully or not, they can’t find out who you are.
Instead, you write what we call a ‘pen portrait’. Your profile will have all the basics of course – your weight, height, hair and eye colour, ethnicity and so on.
But your pen portrait is your chance to shine, to tell people who need donor sperm just what makes you great, in your own words.
In your pen portrait you may like to include:
Your education: Have you got any qualifications, including trade skills? Patients are often very interested in a sperm donor’s educational background.
Your hobbies: What do you like to do? Many people look for a sperm donor who shares the same interests. So if you’re a lover of the great outdoors, get a kick out of playing sports or are the artistic type, say so.
What you do for a living and how you got there: How did you end up in your chosen career? Understanding your career journey gives patients an insight into your motivations and what drives you.
Your outlook on life: What kind of a person are you? Are you optimistic and positive? Have a good sense of humour? Or are you more serious in nature? It’s so important to give detail about your personality, to help patients find the right sperm donor match.
Your family life: It’s a nice personal touch to give an insight into your family life. Do you have any brothers and sisters? Do you have children of your own yet? Pets?
Your hopes for users of your sperm: You might like to wish a patient every success and hope that treatment works for them.
Why you decided to become a sperm donor: What motivated you to donate your sperm? Perhaps you had a special reason for wanting to help someone have a baby. It’s reassuring to patients – and indeed the children they have with your help - to know just how generous, kind and altruistic their sperm donor is.
A personal goodwill message: Our sperm donors are encouraged to include a personal message to a donor-conceived child. So you can write about your hopes for their future, how happy you were to help them to be born, and even how you feel about future contact if they want to know who you are. For patients, this can be one of the most memorable parts of your profile.
Writing your sperm donor profile: Our support
You’ll be asked to write your sperm donor profile at the beginning of the donation process. Once we have your final version, you’ll be included in our sperm donor bank database, ready for patients to choose you.
Don’t worry too much about writing your pen picture and goodwill message. We’re here to help support and guide you, so your completed profile is something you can rightly be proud of.
If you’d like to become a Semovo sperm donor and change lives with our help, find out more about what it involves, sperm donor criteria and if you’re ready, apply online with no obligation, or call our friendly team if you have any questions on 0345 266 1272.
You’ll receive £35 compensation per clinic visit when you donate sperm to us, to cover associated time and expenses.
To see the difference you could make as a Semovo sperm donor, read some of the stories of people who’ve had families with the help of our donors at our sister clinic, Manchester Fertility.