Becoming a Sperm Donor – Step-by-Step Guide
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- Contact Sperm Donors Australia
You can register your interest or request an initial appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can phone us on 1800 985 838 to either arrange an initial appointment or request further information.
To become a sperm donor, you must complete our registration form. This form allows us to check that you meet the initial criteria to become a donor with Sperm Donors Australia.
- Lifestyle Consent Form
You will be asked to fill in a Lifestyle Consent Form. This form includes information about your medical and family history, and will be reviewed by the fertility specialist.
- Semen Analysis
You will be asked to produce a semen sample. The scientist will analyse your sample and send the results to the City Fertility Centre fertility specialist. You should ideally have two to five days of abstinence before producing your sample.
- Screening Tests
You (and your partner) will be given a request form for your tests. These tests are required as part of the routine screening process necessary to donate sperm. You (and your partner) will need to get the tests completed so the results are available at your medical check-up. You are also required to provide urine samples throughout the donation process. Any results from your medical check-up and blood tests will be given to you by your fertility specialist or fertility coordinator.
The required tests are:
- Donor: HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, Human T-lymphotropic Virus (HTLV) 1+2, cytomegalovirus (CMV), cystic fibrosis, karyotype, blood group, Fragile X syndrome (FXS), spinal muscular atrophy, thrombophilia and full blood count.
- Urine testing: chlamydia and gonorrhoea.
- Semen tests: M/C/S.
- Donor partner: HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis, HTLV 1+2 and CMV.
- Medical Consultation with Fertility Specialist
To ensure that you are medically suitable to become a sperm donor, you will be required to attend a consultation with one of our fertility specialists. The specialist will review your test results and your medical and family history. Any results from your medical check-up and blood tests will be discussed with you, and there is no charge for this service.
- Appointment with Fertility Coordinator
The fertility coordinator will discuss the donation protocol, information concerning legalities and consenting process with you. This appointment will give you the chance to discuss any concerns or ask questions that you may have about the process.
It is mandatory for men who are considering donating sperm to attend two sessions (with their partners) by a nominated City Fertility Centre counsellor. The sessions are an opportunity to receive information and to have any questions answered concerning the social and legal issues surrounding sperm donation. The clinic will provide you with a counsellor’s contact details. These sessions are a legal requirement and will be paid for by the clinic.
- Review Process
Before the donations can begin, all your test results, counselling reports and consent forms are reviewed by your fertility specialist and fertility coordinator. You will be informed when the donation process can start.
Once all the steps above have been completed, you can start donating. Ideally we would like up to five donations. The time frame can be flexible: once or twice a week. Semen donations must be produced at the clinic, allowing the scientists to confirm the identity of the donor and process the sample within the optimal time frame. The clinic has a private collection room on site where you can produce your sample. We have reading and DVD material to assist you in producing your sample. Samples must be produced without using lubricants and must be collected in the sterile containers provided. A urine test is collected each time to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea. On the date of the last donation, you are required to have a blood test again for CMV.
- Quarantine Period
The donated sperm is quarantined for six months from the date of the last donation. At the end of that period, donors are contacted to return for final screening tests to allow clearance of the sperm for use.
- Sperm is Released for Use – Sperm Allocation
The recipient will be given a profile of the potential donor, consisting of non-identifying details such as physical characteristics, interests, education and career. According to the NHMRC - Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research (2007), the recipient is entitled to the following information about the donor: “Details of past medical history, family history and any genetic test results that are relevant to the future health of the person born (or any subsequent offspring of that person) and the recipient of the donation; details of the physical characteristics of the gamete donor; and the number and sex of persons conceived using the gametes donated by the same gamete donor.”
Our friendly staff are available to discuss any questions you may have about our donor program, so please feel free to contact us. We are here to help you.
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Please be advised that Donation of Reproductive Tissue in Australia must be Altruistic
City Fertility Centre is accredited by a Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ) Certification Body in accordance with the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC) Certification Scheme
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