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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.

 

Becoming a Sperm Donor

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.

 

Who Requires Donor Sperm?

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.

 

Who can Donate Sperm?

We welcome healthy men of all backgrounds to become sperm donors if they meet these criteria:

  • Aged 18-45 (or 21-45 in Victoria)
  • No history of genetic disease or hereditary condition. Donors will not be accepted if they suffer from an illness, disease or genetic condition that poses an unacceptable risk of being passed on to any child conceived from the donation
  • Have a low risk of contracting STDs and HIV/AIDS
  • Can provide a family medical history
  • Willing to sign a lifestyle declaration form
  • Clinic-recruited donors need to have a permanent residential address and need to be able to be contacted for follow-up tests. They are also required to provide three identifiers and proof of a permanent address, e.g. driver’s licence, photo ID or passport.

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.

 

Types of Donors

Recipient-Recruited Donor

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.

Clinic-Recruited Donor

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.

 

What is the Process of Donating Sperm?

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.

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.

 

Sperm Allocation

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.”

Questions for Consideration

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:

  • Why do you want to be a sperm donor?
  • Do you want to know if a child is conceived from your donation?
  • How will you feel about a child conceived from your donation?
  • How will you feel if the child wishes to contact you?
  • What should your family and friends be told?
  • How is your donation likely to impact on your relationship with the recipient(s) and/or your own relationships?

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.

Legalities and Requirements

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.

 

 

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