Become a Sperm Donor

Without donor sperm, many people are not able to have a family. Sperm supply isn't large enough to meet the demand, so we need your help!

Who uses donor sperm?

There are many different people who need the help of a sperm donor to start their family. They may include:

  • Single women
  • Women in same-sex relationships
  • Men experiencing male infertility
  • Transgender or gender diverse people

Your generosity can help many people experience the joy of family.

Why donate sperm?

  • You want to help people who can’t have a baby without donor sperm.
  • You've experienced the joy of having children, and you want others to be able to experience it for themselves.
  • You've seen friends or family go through fertility issues, and want to help others in that situation.
  • You may not have children of your own, but you'd like your genes to be carried on to the next generation.
  • You would like to receive information about your fertility, including results of a semen analysis, genetic screening and other tests.

Who can become a sperm donor?

All sperm donors need to go through a screening process to see if they can donate.To be eligible to be a sperm donor you must:

  • Be aged between 21-45 years of age.
  • Donate sperm for altruistic reasons.
    This means you must be donating your sperm to help others, and not for monetary compensation. Note: Reasonable expenses associated with donating will be reimbursed.
  • Meet clinical criteria.
  • Provide a genetic family medical history.
    If you are unable to do this because you have been adopted, or for other reasons, you are not able to become a sperm donor.
  • Be a non-smoker, or have ceased smoking for three months prior to sperm donations.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle.
    This means exercising regularly, eating well and drinking minimal amounts of alcohol.
  • Consent to the release of identifying information to any donor-conceived children - after they're 18 years old.
  • Agree to the release of non-identifying information general and medical information about you to recipients.
  • Provide information relating to any previous donations and consent to us contacting any clinic/s you have previously donated at to confirm details of families created.

If you meet all of the above criteria, you're the perfect candidate to help someone start a family!

The Sperm Donation Process

General Information

In order to become a sperm donor at Monash IVF, you are required to undertake the following processes. Our donor team are very experienced in supporting new donors through these processes. We do our best to make the donation process as easy as possible.

The Sperm Donation Process

Testing

A semen analysis is carried out as part of our assessment of your suitability for donation. We request that you abstain from ejaculating for 2-3 days prior to this appointment to ensure the most accurate results.

The Sperm Donation Process

Clinic Appointment

Next, you'll meet one of our doctors. They will review your personal medical history, semen analysis results and other test results. It is important that you provide a detailed medical history so that any donor-conceived children can have this information for later in life. If everything is fine, you will move to the next step.

The Sperm Donation Process

Counselling

This is an essential step in the process, as it helps you work through the potential impacts of donating. It is important that you are well informed about the future implications of your donation, so a minimum of two counselling sessions are required. If you have a partner, they will need to attend the sessions with you, so that they're informed about the implications of your sperm donation for them and their current/future family and the implications for children conceived from your donation. During the counselling sessions, the counsellor will explain your rights and responsibilities as a sperm donor, and they will explore any potential barriers to you becoming a donor. The counsellor can also answer any questions you may have about the future implications of your donation.

The Sperm Donation Process

Screening

To allow us to check for any infectious or genetic diseases you may be unaware of, you will be required to undergo screening tests. This involves a simple blood test. If your test results are all clear, you can move on to donating.

The Sperm Donation Process

Donating

In the private facilities of our clinics, you will be required to produce a semen sample by masturbation. We need between 5-10 separate donations in order to get enough volume of sperm. These donations need to completed across a 10-week period. As per the first step, you’ll need to refrain from ejaculating for three days before each donation.

The Sperm Donation Process

Sperm Quarantine

After your final donation, your sperm is quarantined and frozen for three months. Following this, you'll undergo a final blood test. If that test is all clear, your sperm will be available for use, and will go on to help someone achieve their dream of having a family.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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