Actually, you have billions! – An average male will produce over 500 billion sperm cells over a lifetime and during a single ejaculation you can expect to release between 40 million and 1.2 billion sperm cells.
All we need is one to change the life of an individual or couple for ever. Become an extraordinary man and consider donating your sperm to help others realise their dream of having a baby!
NATIONAL DONOR SHORTAGE
Donation of gametes (sperm and eggs) and embryos in Australia has changed over the past 20-30 years, with legislative changes, focus on psychological implications and donations being altruistic, meaning there is no money paid and donations are made without the expectation of receiving anything in return. Currently, the demand for donor has increased but it is now more difficult to recruit donors and has led to a national shortage. Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg is no exception to this situation and we are in urgent need of donors.
THE PROCESS – NOT AS COMPLEX AS YOU MAY THINK
One of the first steps in the donation process is to have a thorough medical check-up including screening tests and semen analysis. Once these are considered suitable, you (and your partner) will have counselling to inform you of your rights and responsibilities before donating occurs. Your decision to help someone have a child is a serious one and will have lifelong implications so it is very important that you understand the legal and psychological impact it may have in the future.
All donations are altruistic, however you will be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses you incur directly related to the donating process, for example travel and medical expenses.
Once you have completed the various steps in the donation process along with appropriate paperwork and consented to becoming a clinic recruited donor – IT IS IN YOUR HANDS!
Learn more about the Sperm Donation Process.
GENERAL DONATION CRITERIA
To become a sperm donor you’ll need to meet certain criteria. Those include:
- Aged between 21 and 45 years.
- Not currently undergoing fertility treatment
- No evidence of coercion (for instance, from recipient to donor)
- In Australia, it’s illegal to buy and sell human tissue. Therefore no payments can pass between the donor and the recipient. We ensure that donors are choosing to donate for the right reasons.
- Willingness to be known to any offspring once that child reaches age 18
- Agreement with your current partner
- Completing and signing a lifestyle declaration. This states that you and your partner lead a lifestyle that reduces the chance of transmitting infectious diseases
- Full medical examination and family history evaluation
- Consultation with a clinical geneticist, either over the phone or in person
Fertility Solutions would also prefer that the donor has completed his or her own family, though this is not required for consideration.
Additionally, we have a limit of 10 families per donor (currently under review). If you already have children in a relationship, that counts as one family.
If you are between 21 and 45, you are healthy and have no ‘disclosable’, convictions we want to hear from you….. TODAY! The process is not complicated and our donor coordinator is able to step you through each stage. All information is confidential and we respect your privacy. If you would like to discuss the option of becoming a donor please Contact Denise.
Just considering being a sperm donor is such an amazing thing – think about how your generous donation can help someone to become a parent and create a family.
You have millions……. we only want one.