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Considering becoming a sperm donor?

Inside every hero, there are millions more. Donate your sperm and help create a life.

Making a sperm donation is one of the most generous things a man can do, as it gives others the chance to have a baby. We currently have a shortage of sperm donors in Australia, so we thank you for considering becoming a sperm donor and helping create a family.

The reasons for people needing to access donor sperm are varied, and include heterosexual couples having difficulty conceiving because of male reproductive issues, single women who want to have a child, and women in same sex relationships keen to start a family.

IVFAustralia has a dedicated and experienced donor team who provide guidance and support for donors and recipients throughout the process. 

Reasons to become a sperm donor

These include;

•    If you have children of your own, and want to help others experience that joy
•    If you’re not ready to have a family of your own, but want to help others
•    If you know someone who is trying to conceive and want to donate to them directly 

Who can be a sperm donor?

If you’re a healthy man aged between 21 and 45, and are interested in becoming a sperm donor, our experienced donor team will be happy to talk you through the process in more detail. 

Can I be a completely anonymous donor?

No. 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 absence or lack of information about their biological parents. Nowadays, the exchange of this information, once the child has turned 18 years of age, is considered to be an important part of the use of donated sperm. 

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 expenses you incur through the process of donating sperm, this includes things like parking, travel, and medical expenses. This is either paid by the recipient if they are known to you, or by IVFAustralia

The sperm donation process - step by step

The step by step process involved in sperm donation is also outlined below:

Step 1 - An appointment will be made for you to meet with one of our Fertility Specialists, who will take down your medical history

Step 2 - You will have two sessions with an IVFAustralia counsellor to discuss the social, ethical and legal implications of sperm donation. During this time you will complete a profile about yourself, provide a family medical history, and will also sign consent forms for donation. If you have a current partner, they must also attend these sessions to ensure you are both comfortable and clear about the process involved

Step 3 - Our donor coordinators will contact you when counselling is completed to organise an appointment for a semen analysis and screening of your blood for infectious diseases and some genetic conditions

Step 4 - Our Genetic Counsellor will call you to discuss your family medical history, and to explain the genetic tests that have been performed

Step 5 - Once all the test results are back, we will notify you of them and plan (together with you) visits to our clinic for your donation appointments. We will need you to make between five and ten appointments to complete this

Step 6 - Your sperm is quarantined for three or six months, after which time we ask you to attend for a further blood test, for a final screen for infectious diseases.  Once complete, your sperm can be cleared for use. It will then be released to our recipients for IVF treatment, to help them conceive their baby.

Step 7 - 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 can access this information. The reason for this is that in the past, many donor conceived individuals have reported extreme distress about the absence or lack of information about their biological parents. Nowadays, the exchange of this information, once the child has turned 18 years of age, is considered to be an important part of the use of donated sperm

Things to consider when becoming a sperm donor

When deciding to become a sperm donor there are many social, emotional and legal issues for you to consider. Your IVFAustralia donor team and counsellor will help guide you through these to ensure you make an informed decision.

It is important to explore your motivation for donating, your expectations for future exchange of information, the legal framework for sperm donation and psychological implications of sperm donation.

How do I become a sperm donor?

If you are intersted in becoming a sperm donor complete the form here or call 1800 111 483.

We’ll make sure the process is as simple and straightforward as possible for you, including:

  • Flexible appointment times to fit with your schedule, and counselling sessions to ensure you (and your partner if applicable) are comfortable with the process
  • Tests and collection in our private clinics at a location convenient to you
  • Complete confidentiality throughout the process
  • Reimbursement for any expenses you incur (parking, travel, medical expenses and some compensation for your time)

Download our booklet on becoming a sperm donor...

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