For this week’s Nutrition & Hydration Week and also No Smoking Day, we look at why diet and smoking affects sperm – and what you can do about it with tips from fertility nutritionist Jeannette Jackson.
Donate your sperm and give hope today
Did you know that one of the most common causes of infertility is a problem with the sperm? It can range from genetic conditions to simply none at all.
Despite the high number of couples needing infertility treatment using donor sperm, there is a growing shortage of sperm donors in the UK.
Your donation can make a world of difference for couples where there is a sperm disorder. You could be their only chance of starting a family.
We also use donated sperm to give single women and same-sex couples the chance to have a baby.
All screening tests and donation procedures are carried out at minimum disruption to you.
Once accepted as a Semovo sperm donor you will receive £35 per donation as compensation.
It's the greatest gift you can give. Will you help today?
Can you be a sperm donor?
Being a sperm donor isn't a five minute process. You need to be committed to be a donor with Semovo. You must be prepared to attend our clinic regularly for several months to donate, and commit to returning for a final screen six months later.
To be a sperm donor with Semovo, you must:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 41
- Be willing to be screened for medical conditions
- Have no known serious medical disability or family history of hereditary disorders
- Know (or can find out) your immediate family medical history - children, siblings, parents and grandparents
- Agree to be registered with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority as a donor
- Only donate to a Semovo clinic
- Not put yourself at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Not knowingly omit any relevant information which could affect the health of any children born as a result of your donation
What’s the sperm donation process
Firstly, complete our online application form. If you're suitable, we will invite you to Semovo clinic at Cheadle Royal, Manchester, to discuss informally the implications of being a sperm donor with one of our team, including the fact that any children conceived using your sperm may choose to trace you once they turn 18. You will also need to produce a test semen sample.
To find out more about the process, read our helpful How it Works guide.
Finding out if a baby has been born from your donation
Many donors like to find out if any babies have been born as a result of their donation. You are entitled to know if your donated sperm has been used successfully, including the number of children that have been born, whether they are boys or girls and the year of their birth. You will not be given any information which could lead to those children being identified.
Sperm donor anonymity - what children can know
The law was changed in 2005 so that all new HFEA-registered donors are potentially identifiable to any conceived children once they reach the age of 18. Until then, they only have access to non-identifying information, such as your height, weight, hair and eye colour. On your HFEA registration form, you will be asked to write a description of yourself, and this is often given to patients if a pregnancy is achieved using your donated sperm.
Apply online today
Ready to become a sperm donor? Applying online to start the process could not be easier.
Find your nearest Semovo clinic
To find your nearest Semovo clinic please visit our locations page below.
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How many children do you think a sperm donor can create in the UK? If you’ve read the recent story in the news about the girl who’s tracking down 40 of her donor-conceived siblings, you might be worried about whether children limits are really as enforced as clinics claim.
Lots of fertility clinics need sperm donors – so why should you donate sperm to Semovo?
Our Semovo sperm bank manager Joanne Adams reveals what it’s really like to donate sperm, and what it takes to become a sperm donor.
The number of women having IVF on their own has more than doubled - data from UK fertility regulator the HFEA shows just 346 women went solo for IVF in 2007, compared to 800 in 2015.
Manchester is set for an American invasion after a new sperm bank was announced in the city specialising in supplying US sperm.
Great news for Scottish guys – Semovo has expanded to Glasgow!
Semovo sperm donors have helped make family wishes come true for people all over the UK this Christmas. Could you join us and make a difference next year?
Whether you’re planning to donate sperm or try for children yourself this year, sperm can be affected by what you eat, drink and your lifestyle.
At Semovo, we always need men of all ethnicities to donate sperm, and because of this, we’re especially sensitive and respectful to the needs of potential donors who have specific religious and cultural backgrounds.
If you’re currently donating sperm to Semovo, you may assume that you can’t eat, drink and be as merry as usual at Christmas.
It’s a great feeling to be chosen as someone’s sperm donor – but how does it happen?
Semen analysis is an important test that tells us if you have the quality of sperm that’s needed for sperm donation.
When you donate sperm, one of the most common ways it’ll be used is through a treatment called insemination.
Are you Britain’s answer to ‘Mr Sperminator’? American man Ari Nagel appeared on TV’s Good Morning Britain recently, talking about his role as a super sperm donor to 24 different women, producing 29 children.
Men do want to donate sperm, they do want to help infertile guys, same-sex couples and singles to have families. They just need to know they’re wanted – and be given a convenient opportunity to donate.
It’s National Fertility Awareness Week, Fertility Network’s annual campaign that shines the spotlight on fertility issues.
Want to be a sperm donor but not sure how to tell your family? Although it can be hard to explain to parents, grandparents and wider family members too, it’s important to have an open family discussion.
Did you read the recent and very sensationalised news headlines about Britain’s ‘top’ sperm donor producing at least 34 children?
Have you been asked by a friend to be their sperm donor?
What if we told you that being a sperm donor doesn’t mean having to give up what you love in life?
Writing your sperm donor profile is one of the most personal parts of your sperm donation journey and is also one of the most important.
If a urological condition is part of your medical history, does it mean you can’t donate sperm?
Did you see us at Manchester Pride? Interested in exploring more about sperm donation?
At Semovo we welcome and receive sperm donor applications from all kinds of men, from all walks of life, with all kinds of sexual preferences.
Although sperm donors are more in demand than ever, there are restrictions on who can donate sperm - and who can’t.
New Fertility Network UK figures have revealed that since the start of 2017 alone, 13 areas in the UK have cut-back or stopped funding NHS IVF services altogether, with more local authorities planning to follow suit.
Getting a sperm check is one of the first things that happens when you apply to be a sperm donor with Semovo. But what are we looking for?
Sperm counts are at an all-time low according to a new study – and the Western lifestyle is getting the blame.
Do you have ginger hair? Then you’re in demand as a sperm donor.
How healthy are children born via a sperm donor? In the largest study of its kind to date, new research has shown they’re just as healthy – and with similar wellbeing - as the general population.
Our clinic at Pall Mall Medical, St Paul’s Square, has seen a recent surge in applications, making our Liverpool sperm bank one of our busiest clinics.
To help you decide if being a sperm donor is right for you, here are some of the latest questions we’ve been asked by men interested in donating to our sperm bank.