To become a sperm donor we require a number of screening tests to be carried out which is a requirement to ensure the safety of any recipients who will later use your sperm. For this we will be required to take some blood samples from you, which we will do at the clinic, and will ask you to provide a urine sample.
When you have provided us with your last sample for donation the samples will then be placed into quarantine for 6 months. After this time you will require repeat screening for some of these tests. If all are negative your sperm will then be released for the treatment of others.
All sperm samples used for donation are quarantined for a minimum of 6 months, because although your screening tests are negative at the point of production, you could have acquired an infection recently which would not show up so soon in any of the screening tests, so leaving the samples for 6 months allows us to re-screen you and confirm that you are free from infection.
How many samples do I need to provide?
It is estimated you will need to make between 10 and 15 visits to the clinic to freeze your sperm samples; these would all need to be provided within 20 weeks of embarking upon the donation programme. On the first of these appointments you will also need to fill out some consent forms for our regulatory body, the HFEA, with whom you will become registered.
Sperm donation does require commitment to attend the clinic for a number of visits, so you do need to first consider carefully if this is something you can commit to and your proximity to the clinic.
Who will have information about my donation?
The only people that will be informed of your donation are the HFEA and the staff at the Herts and Essex Fertility Centre. You will be recorded as a sperm donor on the HFEA register and any patient using your sperm will have their treatment and any resulting outcome recorded on their register.
For further information visit www.hfea.gov.uk
How will you reimburse me for my donation?
All sperm donors can be paid £35 per donated sample, as in accordance with guidelines set by the HFEA.
What do I do now?
To find out more information on becoming a sperm donor or book an appointment, please contact our Donation Co-ordinator Paula Lynch on 01992 785065 or email Paula.email@example.com