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How do I choose whether I want to reveal my identity as a donor?
Whether you want to reveal your identity to future children is one the biggest decisions you have to make in the process of becoming a donor.
If you choose to become an ID release donor, it means that any future children that might be conceived by your donations, will be able to get your name and address when they become legally adults. This means they can learn more about their biological origin and donors address ethical considerations about a child's rights.
If you choose to become a non-ID release donor, no information about you will be shared with any potential future children that may be conceived using your donations.
Both donor types have its advantages and disadvantages. If you haven’t made your decision yet, we recommend that you read more on the subject under the page "Learn more"
What are the requirements of becoming a sperm donor?
The requirements for becoming a sperm donor varies from sperm bank to sperm bank. Here at Donor-Network, we have the following requirements:
You must be between the ages of 18 and 45
You must pass our medical, genetic and personal screening process
You con not become a sperm donor if you have previously donated sperm at another sperm bank
You can not become a sperm donor if you were adopted or a donor-conceived child yourself, as we require a comprehensive understanding of your family’s medical history
What does the donor screening process involve?
The process begins with an intuition-based conversation and an evaluation of your sperm quality. It continues with a three-stage genetic risk assessment, comprehensive medical examination, criminal background check, personality evaluation, and a psychologist and fertility staff assessment. Final approval is given by the Medical Director. It runs very smoothly.
What infectious diseases do you screen for?
We screen for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, HTLV 1&2, Syphilis, CMV, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia.
What kind of genetic testing is done on potential donors?
We conduct comprehensive genetic testing that enables us to identify over 4,000 disease-causing genes. Donors who carry certain diseases or have an abnormal chromosome analysis will not be accepted.
Can homosexual men become sperm donors?
Yes. At Donor-Network our requirements for our donors are solely based on genetic and heritable factors, that gives us the best prerequisites for making healthy children. We assess each donor individually and take account for risk behavior.
How often do you screen your donor for diseases?
At least every three months as legally required. We take the screening process very seriously and test for a variety of infectious diseases to reduce the risk of transferring disease to the recipients.
How often can I donate sperm?
Typically, sperm donors can donate approximately every 48 hours or around three times a week. However, this frequency can vary based on an individual’s health and sperm quality. Some high-performing donors may be able to donate every day.
Is there a minimum commitment period for donors?
Yes. Once approved, we expect donors to remain active for at least a year to ensure a consistent supply of sperm for those in need.
Do donors receive feedback regarding their sperm quality?
Yes, our team will provide you with regular reports regarding your sperm quality and educates you on lifestyle factors that can impact it.
Do I have to pay taxes on the compensation I receive as a sperm donor?
Yes, the compensation you receive as a sperm donor is not tax-exempt, meaning you are responsible for reporting this income to the tax authorities yourself. It's important to note that at Donor-Network, we do not report this compensation to tax authorities, as we are not obligated to.
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