Become a sperm donor
We’re suffering from a nation-wide sperm shortage, and need your help!
There are many people out there who need help to start a family, which is why sperm donation is an extraordinary gift! It gives people the chance to experience parenthood, when they otherwise might not be able to.
When it comes to sperm donation, help really is in your hands.
You’re Extraordinary (not ordinary)
There are many reasons to lend a helping hand and donate your sperm, such as:
Who am I helping?
Many people need donor sperm to achieve their dreams of parenthood. They might include:
- single women
- women in same-sex relationships
- heterosexual couples experiencing infertility
- men experiencing male infertility
- transgender or gender-diverse people
Who can donate?
Sperm donors come in all shapes and sizes.
If you’re a healthy man aged between 21 and 45, and you’re willing to donate altruistically (without payment), we’d love to hear from you.
It’s also important to understand that your identifying information will be provided to the NSW Health Register, so that a child can access these details once they turn 18.
Read more on this in our FAQ’s below.
Is the process hard?
Well, in a literal sense… it does require some hard action. But once you get going, it’s easy!
And at IVFAustralia, we have a dedicated and experienced donor team who provide guidance and support for donors throughout the process.
Here’s how it works, step by step.
Step 1 – Getting Started
An appointment will be made for you to meet with one of our Fertility Specialists, who will ask about your medical history, including both your physical and mental health.
Step 2 - Counselling
You will have two sessions with a friendly IVFAustralia counsellor to discuss the social, ethical and legal implications of sperm donation. You’ll complete a profile about yourself, provide a family medical history, and sign consent forms for donation.
If you have a current partner, they’ll also need to attend these sessions to ensure you are both comfortable and clear about what the process involves.
Step 3 – Semen Analysis & Genetic Screening
Our experienced donor coordinators will then contact you to organise an appointment for a semen analysis, as well as a screening of your blood for infectious diseases and some genetic conditions.
Our Genetic Counsellor will call you to discuss your family medical history, and to explain the genetic tests that have been performed.
Step 4 – Ready, set, donate!
Once all of the test results are back and have been discussed with you, appointments will be scheduled for the donations at our private clinic.
You can typically expect between five and ten appointments for sperm donation. It’s hard work, we know! But this ensures that there are enough swimmers available from your donation, to give people the best chance possible who are hoping to conceive through donor sperm.
Step 5 – One last check
Once you donate, your sperm is quarantined for three to six months. After this time, we then ask you to attend a further blood test, as a final screen for infectious diseases. Your sperm can then be cleared for use, and will be released to our recipients for treatment. You'll also be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses incurred.
It’s an incredible gift, and could help someone achieve their dreams of having a family.
Step 6 – What happens once a child is born?
Once a baby is born from your donation, we are required to provide your identifying details to the NSW Health Central Register. The privacy of all donors is protected until the donor conceived child is 18, at which age they are able to access this information.
Ready to become a sperm donor? Let’s do this!
- Can I be an anonymous sperm donor?
The privacy of all donors is protected until the child is aged 18, however, once a child is born from a sperm donation we are required to provide identifying details of the donor to the NSW Health Central Register. When the child is aged 18, they will be able to access this information.
The reason for this is that in the past, many donor conceived individuals have reported extreme distress about the lack of information about their biological parents. Nowadays, the possibility to receive this information once the child has turned 18, is considered an essential part of the process.
- Can I be paid to be a sperm donor?
In Australia, it’s illegal to take payment for any human tissue, including sperm. However, you can be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses you incur throughout the process of donating sperm, such as parking, travel, and medical expenses.
- What information will be shared about me to intending parents?
If you are donating sperm as a de-identified donor we will provide relevant medical, genetic and family history as well as your profile such as eye colour, personality traits, education, and ethnicity. We will also ask you to include a photograph of yourself as a child. You will remain completely anonymous to the intending parents, and identifying details will only become available once the child turns 18 and requests this information.
- Will I be told if a child is born from my donated sperm?
You can find out how many children have been born from your donation including gender and year of birth.