Become a Sperm Donor
Participating in a sperm donor program can be incredibly rewarding, as your donation can help fulfil a lifelong dream for individuals and couples wishing to create a family. Becoming a sperm donor also requires careful consideration of the lifelong implications, and our counselling team are here to provide support, information and guidance about whether sperm donation is the right path for you.
Why do we need sperm donors?
Many individuals and couples, known as “recipients” need the help of a sperm donor to conceive. Recipients may include heterosexual couples, same sex couples, or single women, from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Some recipients are able to ‘recruit’ a known sperm donor, such as a family member, friend or acquaintance. However, for many of our patients, finding a person who is willing to donate sperm is a very difficult process, and rely on the assistance of No.1 Fertility to assist them in finding this special person.
What does sperm donation involve?
The initial stages of becoming a sperm donor involve providing a sperm sample, having a blood test, and attending a counselling session. During the initial counselling session, your counsellor will discuss with you in more detail your reasons for wishing to donate, the possible outcomes of your donation, the Victorian legislation and your rights and responsibilities, and answer many questions you have about the process. If you have a partner, they will also be asked to participate in the counselling process to ensure they are also fully informed about the possible future implications of sperm donation.
Further to this, sperm donors will be asked to provide several sperm donations for freezing, participate in further counselling, and will be asked to complete several forms about their medical and health history.
Can I get paid to be a sperm donor?
Under the Victorian legislation it is illegal to pay a sperm donor. However, No.1 Fertility are able to reimburse sperm donors for some expenses incurred as a result of participating in the sperm donor program. Your counsellor can provide you with more specific information about this.
Is sperm donation anonymous?
If you choose to participate as a clinic recruited sperm donor at No.1 Fertility, only non-identifying information will be shared with the recipients at the time of treatment. If a child is born, however, the identifying information about donors, recipients and the child are registered on a Central register maintained by the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA). This means that when a donor conceived person turns 18 years old, they may access the identifying information of the donor from the Central Register. Further information about the Victorian legislation and rights and responsibilities for sperm donors and recipients can be found on the VARTA website. Your counsellor will also discuss this with you in detail and answer any questions you may have.
If you are interested in becoming a sperm donor, No.1 Fertility would be grateful to receive your enquiry and are happy to answer any questions you may have. We highly value the generosity, time and effort that our donors provide and aim to provide you with the best possible care.