Why we need your help
Sperm donation offers real hope for many couples or single women who would otherwise be unable to have children. One in six couples have fertility issues. It is thought that around one in ten men have some kind of fertility problem. Some men cannot produce sperm at all for various reasons including genetic or testicular damage due to cancer therapies or surgery. In some cases, men know that they are at risk of passing on a serious inheritable condition to their children and prefer to use a donor.
There is a great national shortage of donors and this is why we need your help. Sperm donation at BFA, gives much more legal and medical protection for women and couples who require sperm to create a family.
Can you be a donor?
You can donate for friends or relatives as a known donor or as a registered HFEA donor where you are not known to the recipients. We welcome donors from all backgrounds and occupations who live a healthy lifestyle.
- Commit to visiting us regularly for several months
- Be between the age of 21 and 46 years
- Be willing to be screened for medical conditions
- Have no known serious medical disability or family history of hereditary disorders
- Know your immediate family medical history – children, siblings, parents and grandparents
- Agree to be registered with the HFEA as a donor
- Not put yourself at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Please note, however, that the following people should not apply to become donors:
- Men who have been adopted and may not have access to the full medical history of their biological parents
- Intravenous drug users
- Men who have had unprotected sex in areas known to have large numbers of HIV cases.
- Men with a known genetic condition that is inheritable
The Law in the UK states we are only allowed to pay expenses. These expenses are travel to the BFA Centre, compensation for loss of earnings or compensation for your time. Once you are accepted as a donor, travel expenses will be refunded in cash at each visit. The remainder of your expenses will be paid as a lump sum at the end of your donation period. The compensation levels are determined by the HFEA (updated April 2012) to a maximum of £35 per donation.
What times can I donate?
We are open 7 days a week and can offer some early evening appointments.
All Donors in the UK will be registered with the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority) and all donors must consent to identifying information being held on the register. Children born from donation are entitled to apply to the HFEA for identifying information after they reach the age of 18.
Future parents are only given the physical and social information about donors when they apply to buy donor samples from BFA. This includes height and build, eye and hair colour, race, ethnic origin, skin tone and blood type, occupation, education, hobbies and interests.
The Law states that HFEA licensed sperm donors have NO legal or financial responsibility for any child conceived using their sperm. If you are considering donating to someone known to you without this formal situation, the legal position is not as clear and we recommend that you take legal advice.
It is important that you do not knowingly withhold information relating to you or your family’s medical history. Failure to disclose inherited diseases could result in a child being born disabled and parents may be able to sue the donor for damages. However, provided donors are open and honest about their medical family history and agree to keep the BFA updated about any changes, this is highly unlikely.
What do I have to do to become a donor?
2. First appointment
You will have the opportunity to discuss all donation issues with one of our experienced staff over a cup of tea or coffee. We will then complete a family history and background information form, and you will be given information to take away. At the end of the discussion you will be asked to produce a sperm sample for analysis and you will need to bring some photo ID with you for the records. Please allow around 1.5hours for this appointment.
3. Second appointment
If your sperm count is suitable for donation, you will see a medical Consultant who will discuss the results of your sperm analysis, medical history, perform a physical examination and discuss implications of donation. We will also take some blood and a urine sample for testing at this visit which are required for donation purposes. You should allow 30 minutes for this visit.
4. Results and further testing
We will contact you to discuss the results of your blood tests as soon as we receive them. Providing there is nothing found in the results we will then ask you to provide a saliva sample for the genetic testing.
5. Start donating!
Providing your results are suitable we can arrange your first donation visit. We will check your forms with you at your first donation appointment. We may ask you to perform an early clearance blood test(s) at intervals in your donation cycle.
6. Final donation
You must have final clearance blood tests at 3 and 6 months after your last donation to allow your samples to be released for use. You will receive the remainder of your expenses at the final blood test (travel expenses are paid at each visit).
You are entitled to ask if there have been any successful pregnancies with your sperm and we will check how you would like to be kept informed about this.
Changing your mind
You are entitled to withdraw your consent for the use and storage of your sperm samples at any stage during the donation process – up until the samples are used. However this must be done in writing and we will discuss the implications of withdrawal at a late stage if patients have already begun treatment. We usually have a good relationship with all our donors so they feel they can discuss any concerns with us at any stage.
Advice for those not accepted as donors
We can only accept donors who have higher than average sperm counts. Your sperm count and quality fluctuates enormously for a variety of reasons such as lifestyle, stress and illness. Any changes can be detected in your sperm count for up to 3 months later.
If we are not able to accept you as a sperm donor, we may recommend a second sample in a few weeks and we will discuss all your results and organise a referral to a consultant if necessary.
Contact us now with your enquiry
To find out more, please phone us on 01273 620165, or submit a donor enquiry form today.