Sperm Donation

Sperm donation is a selfless act that plays a crucial role in helping many individuals and couples overcome challenges in conceiving a child naturally. By donating sperm, healthy individuals can assist those that struggle with infertility others in achieving a pregnancy. Sperm donation presents an incredible opportunity to make a positive impact on someone’s life and support others on the road to parenthood.

Who Can Donate Sperm?

Becoming a sperm donor involves a few important steps. Firstly, you must be between 19 and 35 years old. Then, you need to undergo a semen analysis to confirm the quality of your sperm. This analysis examines factors like volume and quality, helping identify any potential fertility issues. This examination, also known as a sperm count or male fertility test, also analyses factors such as the number of sperm, their shape and their motility.

Additionally, a medical examination and infection screening are necessary to ensure overall health and to determine if a potential donor’s sperm is suitable for donation. As a sperm donor, you will be reimbursed for your time and travel costs, and you won’t be required to pay for any tests associated with the donation process.

Donor Anonymity

In South Africa, sperm donation is carried out anonymously, with strict guidelines in place to protect the privacy and rights of both donors and recipients. Donors can not be held legally responsible for any children conceived, thus relinquishing any parental responsibilities and rights. This anonymity ensures the confidentiality of the donor’s identity, with recipients only knowing the donor through a specific donor number.

With that being said, recipients are able to access limited information about the donor, including:

  • Age
  • Height
  • Mass
  • Eye colour
  • Hair colour
  • Complexion
  • Population group
  • Nationality
  • Religion
  • Occupation
  • Highest educational qualification
  • Fields of interest
  • Family history with regard to possible genetic conditions or mental illness in the donor’s immediate family
  • The number of artificial fertilisations for which the donor’s gametes may be used
  • Particulars of medical tests for genetically transmissible disorders or for infectious diseases (genetic evaluation of sperm donor)
  • Details of any evaluation of the psychological suitability of the sperm donor
  • Results of any tests and the semen analysis of the donor

Preserving Donations

In Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), cryopreservation is an essential part of the sperm donation process. It involves the freezing and storage of sperm, allowing them to be used at a later time. When the preserved cells are needed, they can be thawed and used in a fertility treatment cycle.

Ensuring The Quality of Donations

During the process of sperm donation, various tests are performed to ensure the quality of the donated sperm. By conducting these tests, medical professionals ensure that the donated sperm is safe and viable, minimising the risks involved. Testing helps to identify potential infections or genetic conditions that could affect the recipients or offspring.

This is an essential part of the process to guarantee the well-being and health of everyone involved, and the following tests are commonly conducted:

  • HIV I & II Ab & P24 Ag
  • RPR (Syphilis)
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Cytomegalovirus IgM
  • Cystic fibrosis gene
  • Blood group

An extended set of tests can also be requested to provide an even higher level of assurance against genetic disorders and other potential health concerns. So you can rest assured that thorough testing is carried out to ensure the utmost care and protection for those who will benefit from this generous contribution.

By becoming a sperm donor, you have the opportunity to provide hope and the possibility of parenthood to those facing fertility challenges. Your donation can make a significant difference in helping people fulfil their dreams of starting a family.

So, if you think you meet the requirements and you want to help others grow their families, consider becoming a sperm donor today! Please reach out to us if you’re interested in learning more about our donation process and how you can get involved. Our dedicated team is always happy to answer any questions you may have!