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Becoming a sperm donor
Becoming a sperm donor is a generous act – some people would not be able to start a family without donor sperm.
Do you want to give the gift of life?
Have you experienced firsthand the joy children can bring?
Do you want to make a difference?
Maybe having children is not for you, but you want to help others start a family?
Then becoming a sperm donor might be for you.
Who uses sperm donors?
Sperm donors help single women, same sex couples, transgender couples or heterosexual couples start a family. Demand for sperm in Australia is higher than the supply, so many people that need help through donor sperm have their IVF treatment delayed.
Who can be a donor?
Our sperm donors need to:
- be 21-45 years old
- consent to the release of identifying information to any future donor-conceived children (from 18 years old)
- agree to comply will all relevant laws
- undertake infectious and genetic screening tests
- undergo counselling (if you have a partner, they are required by law to be involved in counselling and consent to you becoming a sperm donor)
- provide a genetic family medical history
- understand their sperm donations are altruistic (they won’t be paid).
Questions about sperm donation
Do donors remain anonymous?
No. Under many state laws a person born from donation has the right to obtain identifying information (like name, date of birth and address) about their donor:
- once they are 18 years old
- from a younger age if the person born from donation can prove sufficient maturity
- if their parent(s) apply and the donor consents.
Can I donate sperm to a friend?
Yes. There are two types of sperm donors:
- clinic recruited sperm donors (recruited by Monash IVF)
- known sperm donors – who know the individual or couple using the sperm and go through the process with their recipients.
Do sperm donors find out if children are born from their donations?
Yes. Under the law, sperm donors are entitled to know if their donations have been successful in achieving a pregnancy. Donors can receive non-identifying information about children born from their donation – including the gender of the child and any birth abnormalities.
Do sperm donors have financial or legal responsibility for children conceived?
No. Sperm donors have no legal rights or responsibilities for donor-conceived children.
Can I be paid to become a sperm donor?
No. In Australia, becoming a sperm donor is an altruistic act – which means one of the main motivating factors is to help other people. It is illegal to profit from a sperm donation.
We understand being a sperm donor requires time and effort; donors recruited through the clinic are reimbursed for time spent at appointments.
The donation process
- You need to provide a sperm sample for a semen analysis test and a ‘test freeze’ of your sperm.
- You must not ejaculate for 2-5 days before the test.
- After your test, the donor sperm coordinator will discuss the results with you.
- We will receive your medical history, and you’ll have an appointment with a fertility specialist to discuss your suitability to be a donor.
- You must have at least 2 counselling sessions to discuss the law and what becoming a sperm donor means for you, your family and any future donor-conceived children.
- If you have a partner, by law they must attend both sessions too.
- Our Donor Sperm Coordinator will help you with appointments for your donations. Approximately 10 donations are needed.
- You will have a blood test when completing your first donations.
- Your sperm is frozen and quarantined for 3 months after your last donation. At the end of the quarantine period, you will have one last blood test.
- Your profile then becomes available as a potential sperm donor or is then released to the known recipient.
How do I become a sperm donor?
If you’re interested in becoming a sperm donor, please fill out the form below or call 1800 628 533.