How To Become A Sperm Donor
Why should I become a sperm donor?
If you are young and healthy, between the age of 21 and 35, and love sports or academic activities, or feel you have something to offer families or individuals who are struggling to start a family, then sperm donation may well be something for you to consider.
Sperm donation has become an acceptable option for couples or single women struggling with infertility, yearning to become parents. Equally, LGBT couples wishing to start their own families will follow the same route. Men can even make arrangements for a surrogacy pregnancy in order to conceive a child of their own.
People struggling with infertility may do so for a variety of reasons – ranging from genetic disorders, to overall health problems, to stress, or to illnesses such as cancer.
As a sperm donor you are offering all these people the hope to conceive their own child with the help of your genetic material.
The larger our sperm donor database, the more options sperm donor recipients have to select what they deem a compatible sperm donor match.
How do I become a sperm donor?
When donating sperm, you will be taken through a series of tests and questions to ascertain your family’s genetic background, as well as your general health and lifestyle. This will be done at no cost to you. Once these tests are completed, Androcryos will decide whether or not you are a suitable sperm donor candidate, and if accepted, you will be enrolled in the sperm donor program.
Androcryos is legally prohibited from remunerating you beyond your travel and out-of-pocket expenses, but many young men, particularly students, still find the bit of extra cash worth their while. Your primary motivation for becoming a sperm donor will be based on humanitarian values in your desire to help out those who are dependent on donor sperm.
Sperm donation is anonymous and the donor has no knowledge of or claim over who receives their sperm. However, according to the Government Gazette 2957 Chapter 1.4, donors are allowed to express their wishes in terms of general recipients when it comes to race and religion.
Which tests are conducted in order to ascertain the suitability of a sperm donor?
Androcryos will conduct a full semen and chromosomal analysis, ascertaining the sperm quality. They will screen your blood for diseases and genetic conditions, you will be asked to visit their medical doctor for a general check up. Some of the tests involved include HIV (the results of the mandatory HIV tests will be given to you only), Hepatitis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, as well as a full batch of minerals, enzymes, proteins, cholesterol, glucose, etc.
You will also be asked questions about your family history in terms of genetic disorders and health issues.
Psychological and emotional assessments are also performed, as well as a credit and criminal check.
Sperm Donor Program
If you are interested in becoming a sperm donor, please visit our Androcryos Sperm Donor Program and fill in the Sperm Donor Questionnaire to initiate your application. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be sent the forms and information required.
Anonymous & Non-anonymous Sperm Donors
Sperm donors can decide to openly identify themselves to their recipients, or remain anonymous. If you are interested in becoming a non-anonymous sperm donor, instead of an anonymous one, please discuss this option with Androcryos when you initiate the donor program process.
If you are not interested in becoming a sperm donor, but would like to preserve sperm prior to a vasectomy or stressful circumstances due to illness or working conditions, please visit our sperm preservation page to find out more.
Androcryos is an andrology laboratory and a sperm bank. Not only do we encourage young men to become sperm donors but we also encourage men facing unusual or unpredictable circumstances to consider sperm preservation as an option to secure your future reproductive ability. If you want to become a sperm donor, go straight to the Androcryos Sperm Donor Program.
Androcryos Sperm Donor Program Visit this page and initiate your application.
Sperm Preservation If you are interested in preserving your sperm prior to a vasectomy or stressful circumstances due to illness or working conditions.
South Africa’s legislation on human tissue donation An informative article on where we stand legally in South Africa when it comes to human tissue donation, of which sperm donation forms a part.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does Androcryos look for when deciding to recruit a sperm donor? Your sperm count needs to be normal, which the tests will screen for if you don’t know. Androcryos will also look at your family history in terms of hereditary diseases and normal physique.
How much do donors get compensated? In line with legislation, each donor is reimbursed a varying nominal amount to cover their travel and out-of-pocket expenses.
How many times do I donate? Initially ten times, dependent on pregnancy and live birth outcomes. Donors are called back for additional donations as needed
Can I remain anonymous? All donor information is treated as private and confidential. Donors do have to identify themselves in order to donate. Apart from physical descriptions as outlined in the donor data sheet, recipients and donor children do not have access to an anonymous donor’s private information. If you choose to become a non-anonymous sperm donor, repients and their offspring will be able to know who you are, and seek contact if all parties consent.
Article: Anonymous Sperm Donation
Will I have parental rights or obligations? No, sperm donors renounce their parental rights and obligations during the donation process by signing a letter of permission that allows Androcryos to use the sperm for artificial insemination purposes. Recipients choose which donor sperm they wish to use via the Donor Data list.
What do I have to do to become a sperm donor? Please visit our Androcryos Sperm Donor Program, and fill in our Sperm Donor Questionnaire. Follow instructions.
Do I have to generate the sperm specimen at your premises? Preferably yes, if you want to do it off-site, it is important to note that we require the specimen within an hour from the time that it was produced.
How do you collect the sperm? You are expected to provide a sperm specimen through ejaculation using any of the following means: masturbation; a specimen collection pouch (special condom) used during intercourse; or through electrostimulation (speak to your Urologist). The ejaculate is collected, screened, and prepared for cryogenic storage.
For how long can sperm be frozen? In excess of 20 years, depending on the storage techniques used.
On what basis are biological specimens destroyed? Biological specimens are the property of the donor, and whomever it’s been left to in their last will & testament. It therefore requires a written request by the legal owner in order to have a specimen destroyed.