Become a donor

Donating your eggs or sperm is a way for you to give the gift of new life and have an immeasurable impact on couples struggling with infertility. In Victoria, your generosity may also assist single women and same-sex couples to begin or grow their families. But like a blood bank, egg and sperm banks can also face shortages. Thus, making a donation sooner rather than later can make a world of difference to those currently waiting for donor eggs or sperm to conceive.

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Becoming a sperm donor

There are many reasons you may choose to become a sperm donor. Maybe you don’t plan on having your own children – or perhaps you have children already, and simply want to give those who can’t conceive naturally the chance to also experience the joy of family. You might have struggled to start your own family, or know someone who has, and would now like to help others in similar circumstances. Donating can be incredibly rewarding, especially when you know from your own experience how much of an impact you are having on someone else’s life. Whatever your reasons, your sperm donation could be the lifeline a woman or couple desperately need to start their own family.

Over your lifetime, you’ll produce ~ 500 billion sperm!

So if you think you could spare a few (!!) and you meet the following criteria, then you’re ready to become a sperm donor: 

  • Be aged between 21–45
  • Be in good physical and mental health, and lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Have no family history of inheritable disease.

What does sperm donation involve?

Sperm collection

At Newlife IVF, we aim to make donating as easy as possible for you. Five simple steps are involved – the first four of which can all be completed on the same day at our Box Hill treatment centre in Melbourne:

  1. Meet with our counsellor to ensure you fully understand your rights as a donor
  2. Meet with one of our doctors who will take your medical history and order the tests required to check your blood and semen
  3. Have your blood taken by our on-site pathology team
  4. Donate your sperm using our fully private, on-site collection amenities
  5. Repeat blood test 3 months later (your sperm is frozen and quarantined until these repeat bloods are given the all-clear).
Donor profile

Following sperm collection, we will set up a donor profile for you and make this available for potential recipients. This profile will include details of your past medical history, family history, genetic test results and your physical characteristics. This information is designed to help recipients select their donor but will be presented in a way that does not allow you to be identified.

Get started

Call (03) 8080 8933 or email [email protected] to book an appointment. Alternatively, complete the call-back form at the bottom of this page and we’ll be in touch soon!

Further reading

See these articles from our Fertile Thinking blog for more helpful information on sperm donation:

 

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Becoming an egg donor

Egg donors are required to have finished their own family before donating their eggs. Thus, egg donors are usually mums already and understand first-hand the joy of family. Many women who are thinking of donating their eggs have seen close friends or family members struggle with infertility, or know a gay couple who require eggs to conceive. In this case, they may decide to donate their eggs to these individuals specifically as a known donor. Alternatively, they may choose to become an anonymous donor, preferring to donate to those outside their immediate family or social circles.

Eligibility criteria

To donate eggs, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be aged between 21–35
  • Be in good physical and mental health, and lead a healthy lifestyle
  • Have no family history of inheritable disease
  • Have finished your own family.

What does egg donation involve?

Before egg collection
  • Prior to egg collection, you will be required to undergo a counselling session and blood tests.
Egg collection
  • Eggs collected for the purposes of donation are retrieved using exactly the same procedure that is used in a regular IVF cycle. To collect as many eggs as possible, the ovaries are stimulated via self-injected medicine for 8–14 days. During this time, we will use ultrasound monitoring to ascertain the best time for egg collection.
  • Egg collection will occur onsite at Newlife IVF, involving a 15–20 minute surgery under sedation. On average, 8–15 eggs are collected.
After egg collection
  • Any mature eggs are identified and frozen.
  • You will undergo repeat blood tests at 3 months.
  • Frozen eggs are quarantined for this 3-month period, until your repeat blood tests are given the all-clear. The eggs collected can also be used fresh (i.e. are not frozen), in which case the recipient will need to sign a quarantine waiver.

Can I donate my excess embryos?

If you have previously undergone IVF and have excess frozen embryos, deciding what to do with them can be difficult. While not a decision to be taken lightly, donation is a generous choice that can fulfil another person’s dream of parenthood. Similar to egg and sperm donation, donating your embryos has substantial legal and emotional implications. If this is something you are considering, we would be more than happy to chat with you about what’s involved and to answer any questions you may have.

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What should I consider before donating my eggs or sperm?

Donating your eggs or sperm is a generous act, but there are some things to keep in mind:

Legal

Donors do not have any parental rights nor responsibilities to any child born from their donated sperm or eggs. However, children conceived from donor sperm or eggs are legally able to obtain identifying information about their donor once they reach the age of 18.

Financial

Your donation must be altruistic – that is, you cannot be paid for the donation. However, you can be reimbursed for reasonable costs associated with providing the donation, such as medical or travel expenses.

Emotional

Before donating, you will be required to attend a counselling session to ensure you understand your legal rights, as well as the social and emotional implications of your decision: How would you feel about someone else raising a child that is genetically linked to you? How do you feel about the possibility of future contact with one or more children or adults born as a result of your donation? If you have a family, how will your donation possibly impact on them? Our counsellor will discuss these issues with you, so you feel fully informed and reassured about all possible future outcomes.

Physical

To donate eggs or sperm, you must undergo mandatory testing. This will include a sperm analysis for males, as well as blood tests for both males and females. You should also take into consideration the process for collecting eggs and sperm, which is obviously more involved for females than males.

 

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Where can I find more information?

The information on this page is certainly not exhaustive, and we recommend that you refer to the information provided by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA) to gain a more complete understanding of the issues pertaining to the donation of eggs, sperm and embryos. If it is something you are considering, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information and to learn how we can assist you in this process.

Ready to become a donor?

Call (03) 8080 8933 or email [email protected] to book an appointment. Alternatively, complete the call-back form at the bottom of this page and we’ll be in touch soon!

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