Frequently Asked Questions
- Why do people become donors?
- How does sperm donor reimbursement work?
- Is the program confidential?
- Why do I have to live near a facility to be a donor?
- How long is the minimum donor commitment?
- How do I apply?
- How long will it take to hear back after I apply?
- How long will it take to get into the program?
- Is it true that I will receive physicals and infectious disease testing at no cost?
- How do I produce a specimen?
- How many times a week can I donate?
- What are the specimens used for?
- What are the legalities of sperm donation?
- I was not accepted into the program, does that mean I cannot have children?
- Does doing a commercially available genealogy or genetic ancestry test affect me being a donor?
Donors have stated that they are driven both by the knowledge that they are helping people to have a family of their own, and the financial reimbursement we provide for donors’ time and effort. For more information, read some of our donor testimonials.
Sperm donor reimbursement is in the form of a check once you are fully accepted into the donor program. Your donation location will give you more detail. Sperm donors are considered independent contractors and will receive a 1099 for tax purposes.
Your privacy is very important to us. All donor information is completely private. Online applications are submitted through our secure website directly to your local facility, and we do not share your information with outside parties. Donor files are numerically coded to assure privacy. Access to files is restricted.
Donors need to be within a commuting distance to a facility because they will be visiting the clinic weekly. Specimens must be collected on-site.
Donors are asked to commit to approximately 6 months, producing one sample per week.
The minimum commitment is required so we have enough specimens to compensate for the expense of the medical testing involved. The majority of donors choose to and are allowed to continue donating past the minimum contract.
Applications are reviewed on a regular basis. Potential donors can expect a response within one week after submitting the online application. If you have not heard from your local facility within a week, please email. See the contact us page for a list of email addresses.
The process may take a couple weeks. Applicants should expect to spend around an one hour filling out the medical questionnaire and one hour for the interview. Up to four appointments may be scheduled with your local facility for semen evaluation. An initial blood draw and physical will also need to be scheduled before final approval.
Yes; you will complete a general health physical, infectious and genetic testing. While in the program donors will have routine free infectious/STD testing as well as physicals every 6 months
Specimens are produced by self-masturbation in private collection rooms. Literature is provided for donors. Donors are always welcome to bring personal laptops or music players with headphones. Most facilities offer a television and videos in at least one of the donor rooms.
Donors typically collect once a week, but it is possible to donate twice a week depending on the number of abstinence hours you need for a good sample.
The specimens are used by women and couples to fulfill their dream of having children.
The men who participate in our Sperm Donor program are not known to the person purchasing their donor sperm. Agreements for the purchase and use of donor sperm are made between the Cryobank and our clients; no agreement links the donor and patient directly.
All of our donors sign a donor agreement, a legal document, waiving all parental rights and responsibilities to children conceived from their sperm. By signing, donors assume no responsibility or liability for any offspring conceived through donor semen; donors will have no rights to any offspring conceived.
Our testing is not a reflection of whether or not you can have a child, but rather whether your specimen can withstand our processing procedures. In order to provide the best quality product to clients, we need men who produce high quality sperm. Men who fall into the normal range typically do not make it into our program. If we see anything that may impact an applicant’s ability to conceive children when we are performing our evaluation, we immediately notify him and refer him to a specialist.
If you or a family member participate in a commercial genetic testing kit and opt into connections made through their database, you can be identified by recipients who test their children or by the children when they reach the age of consent and do the testing. This does not prohibit you from being part of the donor program.