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:
In order to become a sperm donor men are required to:
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 www.hfea.gov.uk 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.
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
If you think you could help by becoming a sperm donor you can contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. For additional information regarding sperm donation you may find the Seed (sperm, egg and embryo donation) website helpful.