To be eligible for egg and sperm donation, you must meet certain criteria:
During an initial consultation, our fertility specialists will take a medical history from you to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for donation. We will order a number of tests, including a screen for infectious diseases. At this consultation, we’ll also dedicate time to answering any questions you may have.
Donating your eggs or sperm is a generous act, but one that has substantial implications. Therefore, there are various aspects to consider:
The child born will always be genetically linked to you, and they are legally able to obtain identifying information about you once they reach the age of 18. While the donor recipient/s are the legal parents of any child born from donated eggs or sperm, it is important to know that any donor-conceived offspring (or their parents) may wish to seek contact with you in the future for a variety of reasons. Your donation must also be altruistic – that is, you cannot be paid for the donation.
Before donating, you (and your partner, if you have one) must attend counselling to ensure you have thoroughly considered the social and emotional implications of your decision, and the possible future outcomes: 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? It’s important that you feel fully informed and supported in your decision prior to becoming a donor.
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. For egg donors, the process can be quite involved and taxing.
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.
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.
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