HOW TO BE A SPERM DONOR: YOUR QUICK GUIDE3rd January 2019
Donating sperm and helping people become parents is an extraordinary way to make a difference in 2019. And the good news is that it is relatively simple to do.
Here is your quick guide on how to be a sperm donor and what you need to think about:
Check you are eligible
To be a sperm donor you must be aged 18 to 41, in good health with no history in your family of genetic or hereditary conditions. You can explore sperm donor criteria in full here.
Know the facts about sperm donation first
A lot of men have misconceptions about being a sperm donor. Here are some basic facts you need to know:
- Sperm donors donating through a licensed sperm bank like Semovo are not responsible in any way for the children they help to create. You do not pay child support and are not considered to be the father. You are simply providing the biological means of a family to someone who would otherwise not be able to have a child of their own.
- Sperm donors do not get paid in the UK – but you do get expenses payment of £35 per donation.
- Sperm donation is anonymous between you and the person using your sperm.
- Donor-conceived children do have the right to find out who you are, when they turn 18, if they wish to know. This is to give donor-conceived people the chance to find out about genetic origins.
- Each sperm donor is limited to creating 10 separate familiesin the UK.
Chat it through with family
Sperm donation is one of the most altruistic things you can ever do. It is life-changing for the people you help, and for you. Because you are helping someone have a baby, it has long-lasting implications which you need to think about.
We will go through all this with you as part of the sperm donation process in your counselling session.But it is also worth you talking to familyabout it too, so they can understand and support your decision to donate.
Apply online to be a sperm donor
When you are ready to apply, complete our simple online application form. It is just a few basic questions about you so we can check you are eligible. You are under no obligation at all at this stage. We will then be in touch to have an informal chat about what is involved and to explain next steps.
When sperm donation starts
Once you have applied online, there are lots of processes which need to happen before you actually donate sperm. Such as a semen analysis, health screening, seeing one of our doctors and counselling.
These are all important and necessary steps, so we can check that your sperm is suitable for donation and that you are healthy. But also so that you can be sure that donating sperm is right for you.
Throughout all these stages you will be personally supported by our friendly Donation Team, who will keep you informed and answer any questions you have.
Be a sperm donor with Semovo
If you would like to be a sperm donor, apply onlineor talk to our team on 0345 266 1272.You can also explore common FAQsand learn more about the sperm donation process. And to see what a difference sperm donation makes, read the stories of some of the people who have had families using donor sperm here.