What Is The Sperm Donation Process?
What is the sperm donation process? The following information will be helpful in making you understand how to donate sperm as required by a sperm bank. Although sperm banks have their own distinct sperm donation processes and procedures, the following are basic guidelines on what to expect from a sperm donation process.
- The general requirements. The donor should be at least eighteen to nineteen years of age and not older than 38 or 40 on the average. Some sperm banks accept donors who are between eighteen and 44. You must have an excellent healthy condition and no family history of major health problems. You must have not been exposed to any infectious diseases or have engaged in any illegal drugs. 50 to 90 percent of sperm donors are college students. You must be eligible to work in the United States and must live near the sperm bank’s facility. These are just general requirements. Some facilities may ask for more requirements above the standard.
- The application process. When all the requirements are satisfied, you can fill out the application form. Some sperm banks have it available online and provide valuable information on their sperm donation process as well. Among the required information asked include education, identifying marks, career, physical characteristics (which include your weight, height, eye color, ethnicity and others), personal interests (your hobby, skills and talent), lifestyle choices (alcohol intake and sexual partners preferred) and your personal and family medical history.
- The interview and personality test. The interview will be scheduled by the facility staff and will inform you through your contact information. You will be asked to discuss about your interest in sperm donation which may include your desire to help infertile women, monetary rewards or both. Lastly, a psychological test will be given.
- Physical Screening. This involves a strict process of screening from blood tests to general physical examination and an exhaustive research of your personal and family history. This process will determine if you have any infectious disease such as sexually transmitted, negative genetic factors, and other significant health problem. You will be disqualified from the sperm donation process once you are positive from any of these conditions.
- Sampling. You will be asked to provide at least two separate semen samples. There is a private room provided that usually has pornography. The samples will be tested for sperm count, motility and morphology specifically to test the sperm according to its density, movement, speed, and structure. It is important that the donor does not ejaculate 48 hours before semen sampling. This may give low sperm count results.
- Signing of Contract. When requirements and tests are fulfilled then you will be asked to sign a sperm donation contract. The contract will state the required minimum number of donation in a week or month and the duration of contract. The contract will also clearly state your monetary compensation as a donor which may range from $40 to $100 per donation. The sperm donation will be frozen until it will be sold to women who want to go through the process of IVF or in-vitro fertilization.
- Understanding the Contract in Sperm Donation. In the contract it will also read that the sperm donor is not legally connected to any resulting children freeing the donor from any liability and obligation. The donor can therefore donate anonymously and the sperm bank is required to respect his privacy. Unless the donor allows the facility, they can give out the sperm donor’s identity to any resulting children of whom he can be contacted by the later at the age of eighteen.