Is There A Criteria For Sperm Donation?23rd August 2019
Well you could call it a criteria but generally if you are of good health and within our age bracket then if you’ve ever thought about being a sperm donor, you’re probably eligible and can donate sperm. Read on to see our guidelines and the things that we look at for you to be a sperm donor:
To be a sperm donor you need to pass the strict health screening that we give to all sperm donors. These screening tests check that you don’t have any transmittable diseases or genetic conditions, that could pose a risk to the person using your sperm or any child they have.
All sperm donors are tested in accordance to the strict rules of the UK fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA).
Your sperm quality
We’ll test your sperm as part of the application process, to check that it meets the required quality criteria to be used in fertility treatment. All you need to do is give us a sample of your sperm which we will assess in our laboratory. We’ll explain what your sperm test results mean too, so you get a useful understanding of your own fertility.
You can apply to be a sperm donor if you’re aged 18-45. The reason we don’t accept sperm donors older than this is because sperm quality reduces as men age, which makes it less likely that your sperm will be of the right standard for sperm donation.
Your family medical history
We need to know your family medical history, as far back as grandparents, so we can look for a pattern of any hereditary or genetic conditions. If you don’t know or can’t find out your family medical history – if you are adopted for instance – you won’t be able to donate sperm.
Once you start donating sperm
Once you start donating sperm, it’s important that you don’t put yourself at risk of any sexually-transmitted infections. All sperm donors are regularly re-screened every six months, and again right before your first donated samples are released for use.
It’s also a good idea to be as healthy as you can be during your time as a sperm donor. Your lifestyle – such as smoking, drinking, recreational or performance-enhancing drug taking – can all impact your sperm.
But don’t worry at this stage about what you should or shouldn’t do when you’re a sperm donor. We’ll give you all the advice and information you need, before you start donating sperm. If you have any questions at any time, we’re always available to help.
Donate sperm with Semovo
All our Semovo sperm banks around the UK are recruiting sperm donors right now. Sperm donors are the only hope of a family for many people, including single women, same-sex couples in the LGBT+ community and couples with male fertility problems.
Do I get compensated for sperm donation?
Yes if you think you’d be a great sperm donor, why not talk to us to find out more? You’ll be fully supported by our caring and experienced team every step of the way and receive £35 compensation every time you donate, for your time and expenses.
Explore the sperm donation process to find out how sperm donation works. To apply to be a sperm donor, apply online here – it only takes a few minutes - or call our Semovo friendly team on 0345 266 1272.
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