Known Sperm Donation
If you’re considering donating your sperm to a friend, family member or someone else known to you then there are a few things you need to be aware of:
- We would encourage you to donate in a treatment centre licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to protect your emotional and physical health, and also to ensure that your legal parenthood status is clear. Donating outside a clinic environment means that what you’re doing is unregulated and could have a range of unintended consequences.
- Discussing the implications of donating in this way with a clinic counsellor both individually and as a group will help you to identify and consider the benefits and challenges to you, your recipients, and your current and future families.
- The donor criteria and process of donating are the same for you as a sperm donor donating to a clinic sperm bank although, in some circumstances, the HFEA might waive some of the key traits such as the donor age limit. Also, some clinics do offer NAAT testing which can reduce the sperm quarantine period from six months to two months.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has set up a group called Lifecycle which brings together donation experts. They have put together some ‘best practice’ leaflets about donation and what you might expect from your clinic – although practice is likely to vary from clinic to clinic. Click here to download the leaflet »
In The Media
Over the last ten years there’s been an increase in egg and sperm donors coming forward in the UK. This didn’t happen by accident. Media coverage, in whatever way, shape or form, has an important role to play. The more media inches, the more awareness, the more donors come forward.
It is as simple as that.
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