Becoming a sperm donor can be a rewarding experience. Donations help a lot of people who rely on sperm donations to become parents. Also, sperm donors are compensated for each donation, making it a great way to help people while earning extra income.
Before getting started, you may have a lot of questions about the application process, such as what it is like being a sperm donor and if you qualify. You are not alone! Here we are going to go over some of the commonly asked questions we get about becoming a donor in our program.
Are sperm donors paid to donate?
After someone has been accepted into the program, they are then compensated for each qualifying donation. But what is a qualifying donation? This is a donation that is high in quality and free from infectious disease. Every donation is screened for sperm count and motility, and donors receive the first payment after approval ($70). Donation samples are quarantined for six months, and donors are tested for infectious disease at the end of the quarantine period. If the testing comes back negative, donations are released for treatment use, and donors are paid a second time ($30). The compensation is per donation, and donors are welcome to donate up to 3 times per week.
Other benefits of being a donor in the program include routine health exams with STI testing and physicals. Also included is Genetic Carrier Screening for 502 genetic conditions on a medical panel where results are not shared with an online database. And lastly, donations help families across the world who rely on sperm donations for treatment options.
Are there strict requirements for physical characteristics?
There are no restrictions or limitations on physical requirements. We are looking for all healthy men 18-39 years old. Intended parents looking to use donor sperm for treatment search for donors with all different characteristics.
Do you have to have specific degrees or work in specific professions?
We do ask that donors are students working towards a degree or working professionals. However, there are no requirements for education or professions to be in specific fields. We have had donors who are undecided undergraduate students, doctors, farmers, barbers, graduate students, and even photographers.
How do donors provide samples for donation?
Donors are required to submit donations alone in a private room at our facility. We provide sperm-safe lubricant to aid in the process.
Do donors meet the families who use the donations in treatments?
Donors are considered anonymous since they do not know the families personally. However, we operate as an Open ID bank, meaning donors agree to 1 meeting with any future adult offspring. What this means for donors in the program is that a donor-conceived offspring can request to meet (phone call, video call, email, whatever method works for both parties) after they turn 18 years old. This meeting is initiated by the donor-conceived offspring.
Until that time, all donor identifying information remains confidential.
Becoming a sperm donor is a big decision. We are here to walk you through the process at every step of the way. You can read more about what happens during your first visit to the lab as a potential donor.
If you are interested in becoming a sperm donor and live in the Bellevue, WA area, you can apply online now. Or reach out to our Donor Coordinator for any questions at [email protected] or (206)588-1484.