Will donating sperm cost me anything

In Australia it is against the law for someone to profit from the donation of sperm (as detailed in the Human Tissue Act 1982.). However, as a valued sperm donor, you will initially need multiple appointments to meet with our fertility specialists, undergo screening blood tests, see the counselor and make your donations.

We realise that your time is valuable and that you will have traveling expenses involved with this. Hence you will be compensated a total of $300 for each sperm donation to cover these expenses as detailed in “Will I get paid to donate sperm?

What blood tests are required as part of my medical check up and why

The following blood tests are checked as a part of your medical check up:

The tests ensure that the person that uses your sample (otherwise known as the recipient) is not exposed to any infectious diseases or cystic fibrosis.

What information is given to recipients and why?

Non-identifying information about the natural characteristics of donors is available for recipient couples to help choose a suitable donor. Donors are described by basic physical characteristics, social traits and medical history on him and his family. Each donor is given a code number and the non-identifying information available includes:

• nationality
• ethnic origin
• blood group
• physical characteristics - height, build, eye colour, hair colour, skin tone
• social traits – level of education, occupation, hobbies, special interests and skills
• medical history of the donor and his family.

What will my semen sample be used for?

Your semen sample/s will be used to treat infertility patients who require donor sperm to conceive a child. The samples obtained by Sperm Donors Australia will only be used by patients attending City Fertility Centre.

How many donations do I need to give and how often can I donate?

Ideally we would like a donor to provide approximately 5 donations. There is no time frame requirement for this; it can be flexible around your time, once a week or twice a week.

Are there any health issues I should inform Sperm Donors Australia about before donating?

1. If you contract a cold, the flu or a more serious illness as your health may affect your semen quality.

2. If you start taking drugs or medication of any kind.

3. If you and/or your sexual partner(s) contract an infectious disease such as HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, herpes, gonorrhea or Chlamydia, either while you are an active donor or after you stop donating.

4. If you, your children or anyone in your family is diagnosed with a congenital or hereditary disease or illness, either while you are an active donor or after you stop donating.

Why is semen quarantined for 6 months before use?

Donor sperm cannot be used unless the donor remains infection free six-months after the sperm was donated. For example, if the initial donation is made in JANUARY 2010, the donor will need to repeat blood, urine and semen tests in JULY 2010 to clear the sperm from quarantine.

We require you to return one last time, 6 months after your last donation, for repeat blood and semen tests to clear your sperm donation. We must stress the importance of returning for tests so that your sperm can be used. Without repeat screens the semen cannot be used for insemination.

What are a sperm donors legal responsibilities?

Donors have no legal responsibilities or rights to any offspring conceived through the use of donated semen. NHMRC 2007

Will my identity ever be released?

Within Victoria, a State Register is held of all pregnancies and births from donor eggs.

In Queensland and South Australia, there is no legislation at this time to keep a register, however  City Fertility Centre keep identifying ( name, date of birth, address) and non identifying information which may be cross referenced through a code.

Once an offspring produced with the assistance of your sperm reaches the age of 18 they can request access to your identity.   As a donor you therefore must be open to (potential) contact from offspring once they reach the age of 18.

The welfare of the persons born as a result of assisted reproductive treatment is paramount.  This means that donor conceived persons are entitled to know who their genetic parents are, should they want this information.  Therefore, donors must consent to their identifying information being held by the City Fertility group and the Victorian Central Register.

Donors can withdraw their consent to be a donor at any time as long as embryos have not been created. (Before insemination or fertilisation takes place)

How many recipients can use my sample?

Sperm donors may assist multiple recipients. Up to 10 women can have children (who are genetic siblings as a result of your sperm), so a donor could help create up to 10 families.

Who will receive my sperm sample?

Fertility units are required by law not to discriminate on the grounds of marital or sexual preference who they treat. Fertility treatments are available to single women and single sex couples as well as heterosexual couples.