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.
So if you think you could spare a few (!!) and you meet the following criteria, then you’re ready to become a sperm donor:
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:
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.
See these articles from our Fertile Thinking blog for more helpful information on sperm donation:
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.
To donate eggs, you must meet the following criteria:
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.
Donating your eggs or sperm is a generous act, but there are some things to keep in mind:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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