Becoming a Sperm Donor – Step-by-Step Guide

Donating Sperm - Step by Step Guide

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  1. Contact Sperm Donors Australia
    You can register your interest or request an initial appointment by emailing Alternatively, you can phone us on 1800 985 838 to either arrange an initial appointment or request further information.
  2. Registration 
    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.
  3. 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 specialist.
  4. 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 specialist. You should ideally have two to five days of abstinence before producing your sample.
  5. 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 specialist or fertility nurse. 
    The tests required 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 (SMA), Full Blood Count (FBC), Urine Testing: Chlamydia and Gonnorrhoea and Semen Tests: M/C/S.
    • Donor partner: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Human T-Lymphotropic Virus HTLV 1+2, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
      Further tests may be needed. The clinic will reimburse you for all tests required.  
  6. Medical Consultation with 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 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.
  7. Appointment with Fertility Coordinator
    The fertility nurse 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.
  8. Counselling
    It is mandatory for men who are considering donating sperm to attend multiple sessions (with their partners) by a nominated City Fertility Centre counsellor. The sessions are an opportunity to obtain 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. This is a legal requirement and all counselling sessions will be reimbursed by the clinic.
  9. Review Process
    Before the donations can begin, all of your test results, counselling reports and consent forms are reviewed by your specialist and fertility nurse. You will be informed when the donation process can start.
  10. Donation 
    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, to allow 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 Cytomegalovirus (CMV).
  11. Quarantine Period  
    The donated sperm is quarantined for six months from the date of the last donation. At the end of the six-month quarantine period, donors are contacted to return for final screening tests to allow clearance of the sperm for use.
  12. 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. 

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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