Thinking of becoming a sperm donor?
Choosing to become a sperm donor is a very noble and worthwhile thing to do; you will be helping another person or couple to start a family. Many donors feel very positive about being able to give this gift to another person or couple. There are many aspects to consider and we outline some of the main points around donation on this page or you can visit the HFEA website for more information.
There are strict criteria that must be met before a person can be considered for sperm donation. If you meet the basic critera, there is a process which you must go through to ascertain whether you are suitable for sperm donation. Here is an outline of the basic criteria:
- Aged between 18 and 41 years
- Fit and healthy
- No known inheritable diseases in the family
- Willing to have a general medical appointment (approximately 15 minutes) and blood tests at our clinic
Please note we cannot accept donors from if they or their family has any serious medical condition or genetic disease or donors from high-risk groups such as: drug users, haemophiliacs (treated with blood products), residents from high-risk areas such as Central Africa and men who are or ever have been sexually involved with members (male or female) of these groups.
Legal considerations and responsibility
If you wish to become a sperm donor then we need to inform you of the following:
- Donation in the UK is non-anonymous. This means that any children born to donors have the right to know their origins. This means that your identifying details (name, surname, address etc) are maintained by the HFEA and these can be released to children once they reach 18 years of age (at age 16 non-identifying information can be released to them). This means that a child could try to contact you in the future. You are not obliged to accept the contact, but you must understand the implications of sperm donation in the UK.
- The non-anonymous nature of sperm donation means that children that have had genetic problems may wish to contact you to ask for more information. If it is discovered that you have withheld some information from your family history (such as a genetic familial trait) that becomes relevant to the child, they could potentially take you to court for damages. Therefore it is vital that you are as honest as possible with your family history.
- CREATE Fertility offers implications counselling for all semen donors.