In order to become a sperm donor, you will need to fulfil certain criteria to establish your suitability.
Sperm donor age limits - Sperm donors should be aged between 18 and 41 years. Current professional guidelines recommend that sperm should not be taken from donors aged 41 or over. Centres should normally observe the relevant donor age limit, however, due to less substantial evidence on age limits for sperm donors, centres can assess the possible effect of a donor’s age on a case by case basis.
Sperm donor screening tests - Before you donate you will be required to undergo certain screening tests in order to reduce the risks of passing on diseases or deformities.
Sperm donor consent - It is a legal requirement for you to consent in writing before donating sperm in treatment. You can change or withdraw your consent at any time up to the point at which your sperm are used in treatment.
Sperm donor payment - Payment of donors is prohibited. As a sperm donors you can receive compensation of up to £35 per clinic visit, to reasonably cover any financial losses incurred in connection with the donation, with the provision to claim an excess to cover higher expenses (such as for travel, accommodation or childcare).
If you are a sperm donor who is not a permanent resident of the UK you may be compensated in the same way as a UK sperm donor but you will not be able to claim an excess to cover overseas travel expenses.
These decisions follow a public consultation on sperm eggs and embryo donation held in 2011:
Further information on sperm donation
Page last updated: 15 August 2012