Frequently Asked Questions

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

Will donating sperm cost me anything?

No. The clinic will reimburse reasonable, verifiable out-of-pocket expenses directly associated with the donation.

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 my identity ever be released?

Donor-conceived persons are entitled to know who their donors are, should they want this information. They can request access to your identity once they have either reached the age of 18 or have acquired sufficient maturity to appreciate the significance of the request. Therefore, donors must consent to their identifying information being held by City Fertility and the Victorian and New South Wales Central Registers. In Victoria and New South Wales, 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. In Western Australia, donor-conceived children can retrieve information on their donor’s identity after the age of 16 through the Reproductive Technology Council (RTC). However, City Fertility keeps identifying information (such as name, date of birth, and address) and non-identifying information, which may be cross-referenced through a code.

In the event of being contacted by a person born from donated gametes, City Fertility will make reasonable efforts to notify the gamete donor prior to the release of information.

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 the legislation, a donor is able to donate to 10 families in South Australia and Queensland, 5 families in New South Wales and Western Australia and 10 women in Victoria (this includes the donor and any current or former partner of the donor). In Queensland, there is no legislated limit for donations, however, City Fertility has set a maximum of 10 as its policy position. Please note there may be more than one child per family.

Who will receive my sperm?

Fertility treatments using a sperm donor are available to single women, same-sex couples as well as heterosexual couples. Fertility units are required by law not to discriminate on the grounds of marital or relationship status, gender identity, intersex status or sexual preference.

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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