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The mention of sperm banks and sperm donation can sometimes cause a giggle. However, more often than not, the nature of the process sparks genuine curiosity and many valid questions. If you are considering sperm donation, you might feel a little embarrassed to ask specific questions about the process. But rest assured, you shouldn't be!

At Semovo, we believe in the extraordinary power of sperm donation to transform lives and create families. With this commitment at the forefront of everything we do, we've expanded our reach to six locations across the UK, making it easier than ever for you to play an important role in someone's journey to parenthood.

At Semovo, we want to ensure those hoping to receive your sperm donation have the highest chances of a successful pregnancy and a healthy child. A family medical history is integral to this process, and we want to help our donors prepare this information. However, sometimes our donors are not sure what information is relevant. That's why we've compiled our handy guide to completing your family medical history to support potential sperm donors like you on their journey.

Men’s Health Week is an annual event, celebrated to give men access to the information and services they need to live healthier, longer and more fulfilling lives. This Men’s Health Week, which takes place from the 12th – 18th June, we want to offer advice that won’t just maximise your sperm health ahead of your donations – but will help you feel good too! If you've donated with us, you'll know just how sensitive your sperm can be. If not, you may be surprised to learn that any number of things, from stress to fatigue, or a lack of exercise, can affect the quality and quantity of your sperm. Discover what lifestyle changes you can make this Men’s Health Week to maximise your sperm health, and by extension your general wellbeing, ahead of your donations.

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 Senior Reproductive Technologist for a sperm donation bank looks like and give you an insight into what goes on in our lab on a busy magical day.

This year, in honour of LGBT+ Pride Month, we wanted to raise awareness about a common misconception - that LGBT+ people, such as gay individuals or those who are transgender, cannot donate their sperm! While also sharing helpful information for those who may be considering donating but are unsure of the criteria or if they are eligible.

For our sperm donors to feel confident and assured through every step of their donation journey, we strive to ensure our sperm donors are making the most of their donor implications counselling and ask all the questions they need to feel supported wherever they are in their donation journey.

If you’ve recently decided to become a sperm donor, you may be wondering what the donation timeline looks like, for example, how long it will take to donate and how often you may be required to visit the clinic. We’re here to assure you that sperm donation can be a very flexible and rewarding experience. Even though sperm donation does require you to invest time into the process, Semovo sperm donors can work with our team to determine a donation plan that works for you, depending on your schedule -allowing you to continue the process at a convenient pace for you, your career and your personal commitments.

In October 2023, the UK will see the first wave of donor-conceived people accessing specific, identifiable information about the donor involved in their conception since the change in legislation in April 2005 removing donor anonymity. If you are a sperm donor, you may already be preparing for the release of your information, much like the donor-conceived people considering whether or not they wish to access information about the sperm donor involved in their conception. What is important to remember is that no matter which side of the process you’ve experienced, we’re always here to offer support and guide you through the process.

In our blog, ‘How is sperm donation compensated?’ we share the truth about donor compensation. Learn about how long donating may take, when you're compensated and how much you should expect to realistically receive as a UK based sperm donor.

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