A day in the life of Semovo’s Reproductive Technologist – Sam28th September 2021
At Semovo, we have a passionate team of expert Reproductive Technologists who are dedicated and committed to helping families reach their dream of becoming parents. Every one of our team at Semovo plays a crucial part in the donation process. Meet our whole team here.
We are often asked questions about what a Reproductive Technologist gets up to daily and what their job entails. We sat down with Sam to see what a day in the life of a Reproductive Technologist looks like and give you an insight into what goes on in our lab on a busy magical day.Sam shares with us what it is like to work at one of the UK’s leading sperm banks Semovo and answer questions on what support donors receive from the team and why he finds his job very rewarding.
I have worked at Semovo as a Reproductive Technologist for over a year now. Before I came to Semovo, I studied my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and my masters in Reproductive and Developmental Medicine at the University of Sheffield. I thoroughly enjoyed my studies, and the work on my Masters inspired me to pursue a career in the field of fertility. Meeting such altruistic donors and helping them actualise their dreams of helping people conceive is why I love doing what I do. I feel I play an important role in providing happiness to both the donor's and patients' lives.
Describe what it’s like to work at Semovo? (Your typical day)
My typical day varies, and no day is ever the same. Some days I am running a satellite clinic, which means I have a lot of contact with donors; I analyse samples and take blood. On the other days, I ensure we have all the necessary paperwork from donors and release their samples to the patients. The other half of my job is assisting patients who are ordering donor sperm through the ordering process and then preparing the transfers to their clinics.
What support do you give our sperm donors through their donation process?
I am here to answer any questions that a new or existing donor may have. These can be personal queries or general questions about the process. I always endeavour to give our donors the best and friendliest experience when visiting our clinics and will do my best to make them feel comfortable and respected. We know that attending regular appointments can be difficult, so I try my best to work around our donor’s schedules to ensure that their appointments fit in with their daily life, after all, they are giving up so much of their time and doing such a great act of kindness in donating.
What advice would you give someone who is looking to become a sperm donor?I would advise anyone considering becoming a donor to read as much information as possible about the donation process and what it means to be a donor. You can do this by reading our step-by-step guide and the UK’s regulatory body for Fertility clinics Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) website. Or even look at past donors’ stories here, they can give you a real insight into what it is like to donate!
For someone who is looking to donate, why should they choose Semovo?
Semovo is one of the UK‘s leading sperm donor banks, and we have a passionate team of experts supporting our donors for many years throughout the donation process. We ensure our donors receive the highest standard of care as we understand the commitment in becoming a sperm donor and how incredible making this decision is.
We also have five different satellite donation clinics across the UK in Manchester City Centre, Leeds, Liverpool and Glasgow, which helps our donors travel more easily to appointments.
As a Reproductive Technologist, what is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is reading the lovely words in a donor’s pen picture and the goodwill message. I always think about how excited the parents and future children will feel reading this.
How did you find yourself working at Semovo?
I thoroughly enjoyed my time studying fertility and reproductive medicine. Semovo was a perfect opportunity to expand my practical skills in this field and apply my knowledge to the real world of fertility.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My great passion is listening to music so you will typically find me with my headphones on and enjoying some tunes in my free time. I also play a bit of keyboard but I’m definitely only a beginner! I also enjoy walking and watching a new show or film with friends.
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Have you ever considered becoming a sperm donor and want to find out more about the process? Please click here to see our FAQs for the most asked questions.
You can also see what our amazing Semovo donors say about their experience here, if you are considering becoming a donor then we hope these stories inspire you.
Our expert Semovo Team can be contacted on 0345 266 1272 or you can go to our website to find out more or apply online: semovo.co.uk