In about half of all couples affected, their fertility problems are with the male partner. Either no sperm are produced, or those that are produced are not capable of fertilising an egg. There is currently a shortage of anonymous donors so those requiring donated sperm face a disappointing wait for treatment.

A sperm donor is a motivated, healthy man wishing to help others towards their dream of having a child. Sperm donors are required to be between the age of 18 to 40 (up to 41st birthday).

The most common reasons for the need of help from a sperm donor are:

  • Testicular failure.
  • Sperm are not produced due to the effects of chemotherapy or radiotherapy used to treat cancer.
  • Chromosomal abnormalities that could lead to a high risk of having a disabled child.
  • Male infertility.
  • No male partner.

You can become a hero by becoming a sperm donor.


In order to become a sperm donor men are required to:

  • be aged between 18 to 40
  • be a non-smoker
  • have no personal or family history of inherited illness or disability
  • screen negative for certain infections and genetic diseases

What is involved?

Before being accepted as a donor

You will be invited to attend an initial personal consultation at a mutually convenient time to discuss the implications of donating sperm and what the treatment involves. We will discuss your current health, lifestyle and your family medical history up to grandparents on both paternal and maternal sides of your family.

If you decide to continue, you will be asked to provide a semen sample to determine its suitability for freezing and undergo a medical check including a blood test. If the results are all acceptable you can become a donor and will then be asked to complete a form giving consent to the use of your donations in the treatment of people with fertility problems.


Donors are asked to provide semen samples at mutually convenient times and intervals, which is arranged directly with the laboratory staff. The number of samples varies with each individual, but most donors provide between 10 and 20 samples over a period of 3-6 months.

All donors are required to produce their samples at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre, and we have private facilities for this. We ask that samples be produced by masturbation, after approximately 3 or 4 days of sexual abstinence, into special containers that we supply.


The Aberdeen Fertility Centre is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority which sets standards for all UK fertility centres. Please visit for further information.

Directions issued by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 1st April 2012 state that all donors may be compensated up to a fixed amount to cover all financial losses. A sperm donor can receive compensation of up to £35 per clinic visit to reasonably cover any financial losses incurred in connection with the donation.

Donor Information

Recipients may be given non-identifying information about their donors if they request it. People born as a result of donation will be able to find out the identity of their donor when they reach the age of 18 if they request it.

As a donor

  • you will not be told the identity of the recipient of your sperm
  • you have no legal right of access to, or parental or financial responsibility for, any children resulting from your sperm donation
  • you will be able to find out how many children are born, the year of their birth and the sex of the child as a result of your donation
  • you may be contacted in the future, via the HFEA, by people over the age of 18 born as a result of your donation

Contact Us

If you think you could help by becoming a sperm donor you can contact us directly by phone on 01224 553582 or e-mail to For additional information regarding sperm donation you may find the National Gamete Donation Trust website useful