Sperm Donation FAQ
Here are some questions you probably have on becoming a sperm donor.
How does it work? / what is the process of becoming a sperm donor?
Applying to become a sperm donor is a simple and quick process. If you're between the ages of 18-39, able to work in the US, have no criminal background and in good health with no major medical issues. you might be suitable to become an sperm donor. Suitable candidates may be invited to provide a sperm sample for semen analysis, in order to assess the sperm quality. Once qualified, you’ll be invited to complete your medical evaluation and any necessary testing.
Do you get paid to be a sperm donor?
Once accepted into the donation program, active donors can be compensated up to $150 per donation visit. Depending on your regular visit schedule, you could be reimbursed up to $15,000 while participating in the program.
How hard is it to become a sperm donor?
Becoming a sperm donor can give purpose to one’s life; To begin the process, you must first apply and complete a friendly online form, filling in your details, characteristics, demographics, and medical information.
Before you apply you’d need to comply with the following:
- Be between the ages 18-39
- Be in good health
- Have no prior convictions
- Hold a US passport, green card or be able to work in the US
- Able to commit to 1-3 donation visits, for at least 6 months
Successful candidates will be asked to come in for sperm analysis to assess sperm quality and ensure that the sample is suitable for freezing. If you’re accepted, you’ll be tested for infectious and genetic conditions, as well as undergo a brief physical examination by medical personnel. Following that, you can begin your regular donation visits. You’d be required to refrain from sexual activity for at least two days prior to each visit, and you’d be paid $150 per visit to cover your expenses and time. The length of time in the programme varies, but we recommend donating for at least 6 months.
What is the screening process of a sperm donor?
To become a sperm donor, you must first fill out a medical questionnaire that assesses your and your family's medical history. If you pass the medical information step, you'd be invited for a semen analysis to determine the quality of your sperm and its suitability for freezing.
If you’re accepted into the programme, you'll be tested for a variety of infectious diseases, including Hepatitis B and C, HIV, and syphilis. Furthermore, all donors are also screened for an expanded genetic panel and karyotype (chromosome profile). If your screening results present no major hereditary mental or physical diseases, you can be invited for your final appointment with a medical staff that will also perform a brief physical. After that, you'll be able to begin your regular donation visits.
As a sperm donor you’re required to be tested for infectious diseases every 6 months and post quarantine, which is 6 months after your last donation visit.
Do I need to go through a psychological evaluation to become a sperm donor?
US Cryobanks follow the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, which state that both egg and sperm donors must go through a psychological interview to detect signs of undiagnosed mental health issues.
If I didn’t qualify in previous sperm banks, can I still become a sperm donor?
Acceptance criteria differ between Cryobanks. If the reason for your disqualification was medical, you will almost certainly be unable to become a donor. However, if the reason for rejection was related to the quality of your sperm, we recommend that you continue with your application and further discuss with the Cryobank.
I smoke or use tobacco- can I still be a sperm donor?
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important for sperm quality if you’re applying to be a sperm donor! Lifestyle factors such as alcohol, cigarettes, and marijuana can compromise your sperm parameters, potentially disqualifying you from the donation program. The application process for becoming a sperm donor includes evaluating your sperm parameters, and you will be invited for a semen analysis to determine parameters such as your sperm count, motility, and morphology (sperm shape). This will allow the Cryobank to determine whether your smoking habits have affected your sperm quality.
Why is it important to donate my sperm?
Donating sperm is a meaningful act that is also simple and convenient for most sperm donors. It's a way for you to earn extra money and get a free medical check while also helping parents start a family, which is the greatest gift of all. You can receive a monthly reimbursement of up to $1,800, as well as a free sperm quality evaluation. You will also get tested regulary for Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD), screened for genetic conditions and have a free physical examination with a medical staff to evaluate your health.
Do I have any legal or parental responsibilities for offspring?
Sperm donors sign a legal document in which they waive all parental rights and responsibilities for children conceived from their sperm. By signing this agreement, you agree to release all responsibility and liability for any offspring conceived as a result of your donations. You agree in this contract that reported offspring conceived with your sperm may request your information when they reach the age of 18.