Step 4: Donating begins
Great news, it’s time to start donating with us!
Before you start donating you’ll be asked to sign consent forms.
Then you’ll be expected to donate your sperm around once a week for up to six months (that means around 20 - 30 donations in total). This allows us to build up a good supply of your sperm to ensure we have enough to help all the patients who choose you as their donor. Your sperm will be used for a maximum of 10 UK families, but is not restricted to one child per family.
We do everything we can to ensure you are as comfortable as possible. The donation rooms are furnished to ensure you feel at ease. Plus, patients in our reception areas will not know why you are there, so there’s no need to feel embarrassed. Not that you should be - you’re doing an amazing thing!
Your sperm samples will be frozen and quarantined for at least six months, so that we know they are safe to use during treatment. With your sperm being frozen, it means your samples can’t be used by patients - not just yet. While we’re waiting, we’ll carry out a few more quick tests to check you’re still free from any infectious diseases.
At this point we’ll also ask you to write some information about yourself for your Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) registration, and your Semovo donor profile.