Urogyn operates an active Sperm Donor Program to assist an individual or couple in their attempt to become parents. Choosing to become a sperm donor is a generous act; you will be helping couples and women to achieve their dream of having family of their own. Your decision to donate sperm is extremely important, and for this reason, we aim to provide you with as much information as you require. Our nurse coordinators are available to discuss any questions you may have about our Donor Program.
Who needs donor sperm?
Donated semen is required for couples who are unable to achieve a pregnancy due to male infertility. Male infertility has many causes such as genetic, infectious and physical damage. Despite using high level of reproductive technology, some men do not produce sperm and are not able to achieve a pregnancy with their partner. Donated sperm bypasses the biological barriers to childlessness. The Urogyn Donor Sperm Program is also an option for same sex couples and single women.
Who can be a sperm donor?
Men of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds can become sperm donors. This includes men of all different heights, shapes and sizes, as long as you meet the criteria below:
Types of donors
There are two main types of sperm donation
Recipient Recruited Donor: This is where the donor and recipient personally know each other and there is an existing relationship between them. E.g. where a friend or family member is a donor.
Clinic Recruited Donation: In the case of “Clinic Recruited Donation” the recipient does not know the donor, and the donor’s identity may remain unknown to the recipient. However, a donor must agree to consent to release identifying information (Name, Date of birth, address) to a donor conceived child.
Becoming a sperm donor – What is required?
You and your partner (if applicable) will be asked to attend an appointment with aUrogynspecialist. During this appointment the medical procedures will be explained to you and all relevant medical details will be checked.
All sperm donors will need a semen analysis to determine if their sperm is suitable for donation. You will be asked to produce a semen sample. You should ideally have at least two to five days of abstinence prior to producing your sample. The Centre scientist will analyse your semen sample and the results are sent to your specialist.
You (and your partner if applicable) will be given a request form for your screening tests. These tests are required as part of the routine screening process necessary to donate sperm. You are also required to provide urine samples throughout the donation process. Any results from your medical check-up and blood tests will be given to you by your specialist or nurse coordinator and there is no charge for this service. These are the tests required:
Every man (and their partner) who is considering donating sperm can attend a counselling session by aUrogyncounsellor. The sessions are an opportunity to receive information and to have any questions answered concerning social and legal issues of sperm donation.
Once you have completed the steps above, you are asked to arrange a time with the clinic to give your donations. Ideally we would like a Clinic Recruited Donor to provide up to five donations. The amount of donations required for a Recipient Recruited Donor should be discussed with the specialist and the recipient. There is no timeframe requirement for this; it can be flexible around your time, once a week or twice a week. Semen donations must be produced at the clinic, to allow the scientists to confirm the identity of the donor and process the sample within the optimal time frame. The donated sperm is quarantined for six months from the date of the last donation and on the day of your last donation you are required to repeat blood test for Cytomegalovirus (CMV). The clinic has a private collection room onsite where you can produce your sample. Samples must be produced without using lubricants and must be collected in the sterile containers provided. It is important that you inform Urogyn if:
Clearance for use
At the end of the six month quarantine period, sperm donors are contacted to return for final screening tests (HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, CMV, Syphilis, HTLV 1+2) to allow clearance of the sperm for use.