What’s the process for donating my sperm at a clinic?
Personal information: Your clinic will ask you to provide some personal information. Some non-identifying information will be available to the hopeful parent/s at the time of donation. Any children born from your donation will be able to access non-identifying information about you when they are 16 and they can apply for your identifying information when they are 18. Parents can access non-identifying information (in addition the information they received about the donor before treatment) from when the child is born (and are free to share this with their child of any age if they wish to).
Find out more about the rules around releasing donor information
You’ll also have the opportunity to write a personal description and a goodwill message to help potential parents and any children conceived know more about you as a person.
Read our information about writing your personal message and goodwill message
Health tests: You’ll need to have tests for certain diseases, including any serious genetic diseases, before you can donate. Clinics are required to carefully consider the welfare of the child to prevent them from developing any serious medical conditions.
It’s very important you tell your clinic about any problems in your or your family’s medical histories. If you or your family have a serious physical or mental condition and you don’t tell your clinic about it, you could face legal action if a child born from your donation inherits it.
Counselling: Your clinic is required by law to offer you counselling. We strongly recommend you take it up, as it will help you to think through all the implications of your decision and how it could affect you and your family in the future.
Your consent: You need to consent in writing before donating your sperm. You can change or withdraw your consent at any time up to the point at which your sperm are used in treatment., for example until sperm is used for insemination, or embryos created with your sperm are transferred into the patient.
Donating: You’ll normally need to go to a fertility clinic once a week for between three and six months to make your donation. You’ll be asked to ejaculate into a cup, after which your sperm will be frozen ready for use in treatment, research or training.