Are you considering making a difference in someone’s life by becoming a sperm donor? Donating sperm is an incredibly generous act. You will be changing lives by assisting couples and individuals in becoming parents – something they would otherwise be unable to achieve on their own.
City Fertility Centre provides an advanced sperm donor program to support you through the entire process. Our specialist team ensures a professional experience for all of our sperm donors.
City Fertility Centre’s sperm donor program helps both individuals and couples right across Australia in their effort to bring a baby into their family.
We strive to provide as much information about the process as possible. With highly knowledgeable nurse coordinators, scientists and professional counsellors, we are able to answer all of your questions and queries before, during and after the process, ensuring you are receiving all of the information and support you require.
Donated sperm is needed by a diverse range of people for a variety of reasons, such as heterosexual couples who are incapable of falling pregnant naturally as a consequence of male infertility, which can be the result of genetic and infectious causes or physical damage. Some men are simply unable to produce sperm, making it impossible to conceive with their partner.
Our sperm donor program offers a solution for these biological barriers that can sadly prevent people from naturally conceiving. It also offers lesbian couples and single women the opportunity to have a child. We are passionate about helping every kind of family achieve their dreams of having a baby.
We welcome healthy men of all backgrounds to become sperm donors if they meet these criteria:
Non-Australian citizen clinic-recruited donors with working holiday or temporary working visas will not be accepted. Donors with temporary resident visas may be accepted if they can satisfy the above requirements.
When the donor and recipient know each other and already have a relationship, this is known as a recipient-recruited donation. In this case, generally the recipient receives a donation from a friend or family member.
When the recipient and donor do not know each other and have never met, this is known as a clinic-recruited donation. The donor can choose to keep their identity unknown to the recipient; however, they must agree to provide identifying information to be revealed to a child conceived as a result of their donation.
There are several steps required to become a sperm donor, from medical screenings to counselling. We provide a thorough and holistic approach with our sperm donor program in order to ensure our donors are not only physically suitable candidates, but are also mentally and emotionally prepared to donate.
Upon attending an appointment with a City Fertility specialist, you (and your partner, if applicable) will receive information about the process and the procedures involved as well as having your medical details assessed to ensure you are a healthy and suitable candidate for sperm donation.
You will be required to provide a semen sample and we will perform a semen analysis to determine whether your sperm is acceptable for donation. The City Fertility Centre scientist will analyse your semen and send the results to your specialist.
Our nurse coordinators will discuss the donation protocol, relevant legalities and the consenting process of donating sperm. This will give you the opportunity to discuss any concerns and ask any questions you may have about the process, increasing your knowledge and giving you further insight into what you can expect from the procedure.
You (and your partner) will be required to partake in routine screening tests. Your specialist or nurse will provide you with all of the results from your medical tests.
The tests required by the donor include:
The tests required by the donor partner include:
Please note: further testing may be ordered if required.
As a legal requirement, you (and your partner) will need to attend two information sessions with a nominated City Fertility Centre counsellor. These sessions give you the chance to learn as much information as possible and to raise any questions regarding the procedure, as well as the social and legal implications of becoming a sperm donor.
If you have questions about your motivation behind donating sperm, or concerns about the effect it may have on your existing children (if applicable) and relationships, your counsellor can assist you to work through any apprehensions you may have. The clinic will provide you with the contact details for your counsellor.
Once these pre-requisites have been finalised and your tests have returned clear, you will be asked to organise a time to give your donations in the clinic.
Sperm donations are required to be produced within the clinic so the scientists can confirm the identity of the donor and process the sample within the ideal time period. Samples must be produced without using lubricants and must be collected in the sterile containers provided.
Ideally, we would like a clinic-recruited donor to provide up to five donations. The number of donations required for a recipient-recruited donor should be discussed with the specialist and the recipient.
We quarantine the donated sperm for a period of six months before it can be cleared for use by the recipient. During this time and thereafter, you must inform City Fertility Centre if:
This information is extremely important as these factors have an effect on the quality of your semen and the health of any child conceived by your donation.
Once quarantine is complete, you will be requested to return to the clinic for final screening tests (HIV, hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, CMV, syphilis, HTLV 1+2) that confirm the clearance of the sperm for use. If your tests are clear and you are healthy, your sperm is cleared for use by the recipient.
These requirements can vary depending on what kind of donor you are. Clinic-recruited donors have to join our donor program – Sperm Donors Australia – while recipient-recruited donors deal directly with the specialist and the recipient.
The recipient is given the profile of the potential donor, made up of non-identifying details such as physical features, personal interests, educational background, career and medical history.
According to National Health and Medical Research Council Ethical Guidelines (2007), the recipient is entitled to the following information about the donor: “Details of past medical history, family history and any genetic test results that are relevant to the future health of the person born (or any subsequent offspring of that person) and the recipient of the donation; details of the physical characteristics of the gamete donor; and the number and sex of persons conceived using the gametes donated by the same gamete donor.”
The motivation behind your sperm donation is important to consider before making the decision to donate. These questions may be helpful to you when deciding if you wish to proceed in becoming a sperm donor:
If you have doubts or concerns about the consequences of becoming a sperm donor, we strongly advise that you consider these questions before finalising your decision. Our professional counsellors and nurses can assist you with any items you wish to discuss before committing to becoming a sperm donor.
City Fertility Centre encourages all individuals and couples to seek independent legal advice before attending the donor program. Please visit our Legalities and Requirements page for more information.
If you are considering becoming a sperm donor, you can feel deeply fulfilled and rewarded knowing you might be able help a couple or individual to start a family thanks to your help.