Becoming a Sperm Donor

Thousands of individuals and couples across the UK require donor sperm each year to start the family they have always dreamed of.

Whether you are yet to start a family yourself, or if you have already completed your family, your donation could help to make other people’s dreams come true.

With a growing need for donated sperm in the UK, there is an increasing lack of sperm donors. You can help provide the gift these individuals need to take the first steps to becoming a family.

If you are aged between 18 and 45 and are healthy, there is probably no reason why you can’t become a sperm donor and help other people in this way.

Why donate sperm?

With an estimated 1 in 7 couples in the UK, struggling to conceive, male factor infertility accounts for up to 30% of these cases. If you are considering donating your sperm to give another person or couple the chance to have a child, it is essential that you fully understand what will be involved and have had the opportunity to consider any implications for the future.

There are many reasons why people consider using donated sperm. In heterosexual couples or in the case of single men proceeding with surrogacy treatment, these men are sometimes unable to produce sperm. Other men may carry a genetic abnormality which might be passed on to the child if their own sperm were used. Single women or women in a same sex relationship may wish to use donor sperm to enable them to start a family.

The donation process is simple and you will be guided through the entire process by experienced and caring reproductive specialists every step of the way. Independent counselling services are also available throughout your donation process to help provide the support you may need.

 

What’s involved in donating sperm?

  • All donors are asked to fill out a questionnaire about their health and to have blood tests and screening to check for various diseases
  • We usually ask donors to produce sperm on-site at the Agora and we provide facilities for this
  • We then offer a consultation with one of our doctors who will assess your health and your medical and family history
  • You need to be healthy and not be on any regular medication for chronic illness
  • You should not have any family history of inherited diseases or mental illness
  • To become a sperm donor, you need to have a normal sperm assessment
  • We offer counselling to all our sperm donors to make sure they understand – and are happy –  about the implications of donating.

Donating Sperm – Frequently Asked Questions

What are the legal implications of being a sperm donor?

  • Before you go ahead, It’s essential to understand the legal aspects and the implications of sperm donation. At the Agora, we can advise you about what’s involved and help you access legal advice.
  • By donating at a clinic that is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), you will not be legally responsible for any children that are born as a result of your sperm donation and your name will not appear on the birth certificate. You will have no rights over the children and are not liable for any financial support.

Do sperm donors get paid?

  • HFEA regulations allow us to reimburse sperm donors a single fee of £35 per donation to cover their expenses.

What will children born as a result of my sperm donation know about me?

  • When you donate sperm, you will be asked to fill in a form with information about yourself, including:

Marital status
Children (how many you have, if any)
Physical characteristics
Ethnic group
Medical history

  • You will also be asked to write a message to any children born using your sperm, along with a general description of what you are like. This information is held by the HFEA and can be given to any child aged over 18 born as a result of your donation.