BEING A KNOWN DONOR: DONATING SPERM TO A FRIEND10th October 2017
Have you been asked by a friend to be their sperm donor?
‘Known’ sperm donation is something we’re increasingly asked about at Semovo, thanks to rising numbers of same sex couples and single people having families, who often turn to a male friend they know and trust to help make it happen.
But before you provide your sperm with all good intentions, it’s not quite that simple.
Here’s why you still need to donate to a licensed sperm bank for treatment to take place at a licensed fertility clinic, rather than DIY at home insemination:
Legal parenthood protection
You’re happy to donate sperm to your friend with no intention of being involved with a child that may be born. Your friend is happy you’re going to help them have a baby.
So why does a fertility clinic even need to be involved? Going through a licensed fertility clinic and sperm bank protects you, your friend and the child you may create.
It means that as a sperm donor, you remain just that – the sperm donor. You’ll never be seen as a child’s legal father – and all the financial obligations this carries now and in the future - if your friend successfully conceives through her fertility treatment.
If you’re contemplating your own private arrangement, it’s vital you get specialist legal advice first. This is because the law concerning legal parenthood outside of a licensed clinic setting is complex, affected by factors such as whether your friend is married or in a civil partnership, and how conception happens.
Donating sperm to only your friend
Just because you’ve become an official sperm donor by going through a licensed clinic it doesn’t mean your sperm can be used by anyone else.
You can choose to donate sperm to your friend only. But if you meet the sperm donor criteria and would like to help others too, we always need more sperm donors! Healthy, fit and fertile young men are always in demand, so why not explore sperm donation with us?
Giving your friend safe donor sperm to have her baby
Even as a known sperm donor you’ll still be given the same sperm donor health check as everyone else at the fertility clinic. The screening involves a semen analysis, testing for infectious diseases and STIs, and a family medical history.
It means that you can donate to your friend with the reassurance that you’re giving her healthy and safe sperm to try to conceive.
The importance of counselling for everyone involved
Going through a sperm bank and licensed clinic also means that everyone gets the chance to really explore the life-changing implications of the decisions you’re all about to make. You’ll each be given counselling – you, your friend and your respective partners if you have them.
This is so everyone involved fully understands the implications and the legalities and potential issues of known sperm donation, both now and in the years to come. So you can all decide if it’s something you really and truly want to do.
Talk to Semovo: The sperm donation experts
If you want to know more about being a sperm donor – whether that’s to a friend or to help others to conceive, have a chat to our friendly team on 0345 266 1272.
Remember that known sperm donation is the only instance where you’d be known to the person you’re helping. You’re otherwise completely anonymous to the person using your sperm.
Learn more about the criteria to be a sperm donor, and why Semovo is a trusted sperm bank with a difference, making sperm donation easy and convenient for you through our donation locations in Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds.