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 45 (up to 46th 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.


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

  • be aged between 18 to 45 years
  • 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 sent an information video to watch in the comfort of your own home. The video will have information about what the treatment involves and implications of donating your sperm. You will be sent a questionnaire to complete which informs us about your current health, lifestyle and your family medical history up to grandparents on both paternal and maternal sides of your family.

If your questionnaire is satisfactory, you will be invited to attend an initial personal consultation at a mutually convenient time to have a medical check including a blood test. You will be asked to provide a semen sample to determine its suitability for freezing. If the results of the semen test are fine, you will have further screening blood tests and counselling with our independent counsellor to understand the implications fully. Following acceptable test results, 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.

You will be invited for another blood test 6 months after donating and sperm can only be released for use if this is negative.


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.

Donation is a generous and positive act and if you decide to become a donor, you will be helping people have children when they otherwise could not. As with other types of donation, motivation to help others in this way is a truly altruistic act and there will be no financial compensation or expenses paid when donating at Aberdeen Fertility Centre in line with the other three NHS Scotland fertility centres. We are asking for your help to support our patients who need donor eggs/sperm and also to support our amazing NHS service.

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
  • You have a right to withdraw from the donation process at any stage before your sperm or the embryos created from your sperm are transferred to the recipient

Contact Us

If you think you could help by becoming a sperm donor you can contact us directly at For additional information regarding sperm donation you may find the Seed (sperm, egg and embryo donation) website helpful.