Frequently Asked Questions

We have created a section of frequently asked questions to help you in your journey towards becoming a sperm donor.

Will donating sperm cost me anything?

No. The clinic will pay for all your medical appointments, blood tests and counselling sessions.

What are the main benefits for me?

There are many reasons why you might consider joining the Sperm Donors Australia program, including:

  • To help women or couples, who cannot conceive naturally, fulfil their dream of having a family.
  • To find out your own fertility status.
  • To receive a free general health check-up, including some blood tests.

Will I be compensated for my troubles?

In Australia, the donation of reproductive tissue must be altruistic. It is against the law for someone to profit from the donation of sperm (as detailed in the Human Tissue Act 1982 and NHMRC - Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research 2007). However, we realise that your time is valuable; therefore, to cover reasonable expenses, you will be reimbursed for each suitable donation.

What information is given to the recipients?

The recipients will be given non-identifying information about the natural characteristics of the donors to help them choose a suitable one.

Donors are described by basic physical characteristics, social traits and medical history.

The non-identifying information available includes:

  • Ethnic origin.
  • Blood group and cytomegalovirus (CMV) status.
  • Physical characteristics – height, build, eye and hair colour, and skin tone.
  • Social traits – level of education, occupation, hobbies, special interests and skills.
  • Medical history of the donor and his family.

How many recipients can use my sperm?

Sperm donors may assist multiple recipients. Under legislation, a donor is able to donate to 10 women in Victoria and South Australia and 5 in New South Wales (this includes the donor and any current or former partner of the donor). In Queensland, there is no legislated limit for donations, but City Fertility Centre has set a maximum of 10 as its policy position. This means that up to 10 or 5 women can have children, who are genetic siblings, as a result of your donation. Please note there may be more than one child per family.

Will my identity ever be released?

The welfare of people born as a result of assisted reproductive treatment is paramount. This means that donor-conceived people 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 City Fertility Centre and the Victorian and New South Wales Central Registers.

In Victoria and NSW, a state register is held of all pregnancies and births from donated sperm.

In Queensland and South Australia, there is no legislation at this time to keep a register. However, Sperm Donors Australia – City Fertility Centre keeps identifying information (such as name, date of birth, address) and non-identifying details that may be cross-referenced through a code.

The donor-conceived person can request access to your identity once he/she has either reached the age of 18 or has acquired sufficient maturity to appreciate the significance of the request.

City Fertility Centre allows the following information to be supplied to the offspring through a medical practitioner or an appropriately qualified health professional:

  • All medical and family history.
  • Identifying information about the donor.
  • The number and gender of the children conceived from the same donor; the number of families involved; and any identifying information that these siblings have consented to release.

What are my legal responsibilities with the offspring as a sperm donor?

The sperm donor has no legal responsibilities or rights to the child.

The woman giving birth is regarded as the mother of any child born. The recipient couple are the legal parents of the child, with parental rights and responsibilities. The donor is not the legal father of the child. Additionally, the recipient couple shall have full custodial and parental rights to the child (NHMRC Ethical Guidelines 2007).

Can I withdraw from the donor program after donating my sperm?

Sperm donors are free to withdraw at any time unless the sperm has already been used. The term “used” includes the creation of an embryo by a donated sperm or donor insemination procedure.

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

Sperm Donors Australia needs to know if:

  • You contract a cold, the flu or a more serious illness.
  • You start taking medication.
  • You and/or your sexual partner(s) contract an infectious disease such as HIV, hepatitis, syphilis, herpes, gonorrhoea or chlamydia, either while you are an active donor or after you stop donating.
  • You, your children or other members of your family are diagnosed with a congenital or hereditary disease or illness, either while you are an active donor or after your donation.

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