Androcryos Sperm Donor Program

How To Become
A Sperm Donor

Why should I become a sperm donor?

 

  • Are you between 21 & 35 years old?
  • Are you an enthusiastic athlete, scholar, or career-oriented individual?
  • Do you consider yourself to be endlessly curious and enterprising?
  • Are you from a genetically strong and healthy family?
  • Do you enjoy helping others and participating in your community?

If you’ve answered ‘yes!’ or ‘maybe’ to any of these questions, then you could be our next sperm donor candidate!

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 geneatic 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.

Start now! Fill in our Sperm Donor Questionnaire,
and send us a full colour photograph of yourself.

As a sperm donor candidate, you will be taken through a series of tests, interviews, and physical examinations. Once we are satisfied that you can be accepted into the Androcryos Sperm Donor Program, a series of appointments will be set up over the duration of a year.

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 donate@thespermbank.co.za to be sent the forms and information required.

Sperm Preservation

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.

 

Reimbursement

Androcryos reimburses sperm donor candidates generously for travel and out-of-pocket expenses.

We're on the Gautrain route!

If you live in and around the Johannesburg area, you will be pleased to know that the Gautrain Parktown bus stops right outside our door at St David’s Place bus stop. Download and print out our map-and-directions.pdf page to take along with you.

View our Donor Data List

Download & view our donor-data-list.pdf list to see which attributes are listed, and how you are identified as an anonymous or non-anonymous sperm donor.

Every year countless individuals and couples are faced with the heart-breaking reality that they are unable to start their own family. Thanks to anonymous and non-anonymous sperm donations, these people can have children through artificial insemination procedures.

Steps To Follow...

sperm-donor-questionnaire.pdf

  1. Fill in the Sperm Donor Questionnaire, and ‘File > Save’ the Acrobat Reader PDF document before closing.
  2. E-mail the questionnaire together with a current colour photograph of yourself to: Candidate Donors residing in:
    Johannesburg: donate@thespermbank.co.za 
    Cape Town:
    cpt@androcryos.co.zaPretoria: pretoria@androcryos.co.za
    Potchefstroom: potch@androcryos.co.za

Sperm Donation Process

The procedure is as follows:

Once your questionnaire has been received, Androcryos will contact you to schedule your first appointment to discuss the process and compensation.

All tests and medical checks are for our account.

Your participation on the program is strictly anonymous unless specified otherwise. Sperm specimens are obtained through masturbation on site at Androcryos.

  1. Interview and verification of application and qualifications.
  2. Preliminary screening of semen, urine and blood.
  3. Assessments, Medicals.
  4. Result analysis and conclusions.
  5. Genetic and Medical screening.
  6. Commencement of program.

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.

LINKS

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.

Men’s Clinic International: Advice & solutions for male sexual dysfunction  www.menshealth.co.za

 

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. 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. The health act prohibits donor information that can identify the donor to be made available to any party. (Refer National Health Act of 2003, Section 175)
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 reproductive treatments. 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? Yes, this is not negotiable as it ensures traceability and confirms the origin of the donated sperm.
How do you collect the sperm? Specimen is produced through masturbation. The ejaculate is collected in a sterile container and then screened, and prepared for cryogenic storage.
For how long can sperm be frozen? In excess of 20 years, depending on the storage techniques used.

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