At CoParents, we believe that it is imperative that anyone with an interest in sperm donation understand the many facets and intricacies involved, from undergoing a series of medical evaluations to connecting with the right recipient.
What Does Sperm Donation Entail?
The practice of sperm donation involves a procedure in which a donor’s sample is used to impregnate a receiving female who for one reason or another is unable to naturally conceive a child themselves.
The process is managed with the help of a local sperm bank or a fertility clinic who will organise the collection, testing, storage and allocation of semen samples.
What medical tests should a sperm donor undergo?
Before anyone can donate, all prospective candidates must undertake an extensive medical examination that evaluates the quality of their semen. The analysis is also used to reveal any genetic disorders and donor blood type.
Screening tests that should be undertaken include:
• HIV I and II
• Hepatitis B and C
• Cystic fibrosis
• Chromosome analysis
• Complete blood count and blood group
• Sperm count, motility and morphology.
Who Does It Help?
Sperm donation provides a remarkable conception solution for millions of couples and individuals that suffer with fertility complications worldwide.
The method is used for any male or female couples or individuals who are physically unable to conceive a child, this might include:
• Those in a homosexual partnership
• Persons with fertility issues
• Recipients who wish to raise a child as an independent parent.
How can I find and contact people who need donated sperm?
At CoParents, we help connect sperm donors and those in need of a donation. To register online, you have to fill out your profile and add personal information such as your location, appearance, age, what you are looking for, etc.
You’ll then be able to contact other members in order to find a couple or a single woman who want a baby via sperm donation. You can also send a message to other free sperm donors to seek advice. An online forum is at your disposal to help you search for people in need of a sperm donor to become pregnant.
What are the questions to expect when donating sperm?
Single women and couples who are looking for a sperm donor may ask lots of questions in order to help them select their donor.
As a free sperm donor, you can expect to be questioned about the medical history of your family, your age, your motivations for donating, blood type, lifestyle, whether you want to be involved in the child’s life, etc.
How should a donor prepare before the donation?
To ensure a high quality of sperm it is recommended that a donor abstain from any sexual activity (masturbation included) for at least 2 days before the donation takes place.
Nutrition can also affect fertility and sperm count. Maintaining a healthy and balanced diet before a donation can help optimize the chances of conception. Eating fruits, vegetables, complex carbohydrates, foods rich in zinc, calcium, iron and folic acid are recommended to improve semen quality.
Depending on the donor’s lifestyle, certain changes might need to be made during the 10 days preceding the donation. Things that a donor should not consume during this period include:
•Caffeine (coffee, tea, certain soda and energy drinks)
•Drugs such as cocaine or marijuana
•Certain medications (sulfasalazine, nitrofurantoin, cimetidine), male and female hormones (testosterone, estrogen), and some chemotherapy medicines.
How can a donor give their sample to the recipient?
To preserve its quality, the sample should be passed to the recipient within the hour following ejaculation. Sperm can be damaged or killed if it remains outside of the body for a long time. If you prefer a clinic to take care of the transfer for you, the donation will be frozen and then thawed out before insemination.
To produce his donation, the donor must:
• Wash his hands carefully with soap and water.
• Avoid using any lubricant, saliva, or any other product that may destroy or damage sperm.
• Ejaculate directly into the sterile container (pot or cup). If semen has been spilled out of the cup, the donor should not try to collect it.
• Close the lid and give the sample directly to the recipient or to the clinic.
Where should the donation take place?
The location and the way the sample is given is dependent on both parties’ preferences.
The donor might provide the donation directly at the recipient’s home. In a private room, he will produce his sample into a cup which will then be passed on to the recipient.
If the donor and/or the recipient prefer, the sample can be dropped off at a fertility clinic or sperm bank for collection.
The recipient can also book a hotel room for the donor to donate his semen.
If the participants do not want to meet in person, a third party can receive the donation instead before passing it on to the recipient.
Can sperm donation be charged for?
In the UK, payment in exchange for sperm donation is not allowed. The donation should be altruistic only. They can, however, claim compensation to cover any financial loss, for instance, travel and accommodation fees. Donors can expect to receive up to £35 per sample.
What happens after the donation?
After receiving the sample, the parents-to-be can either perform an at home insemination, artificial insemination in a clinic or in vitro fertilisation, if needed.
The donor and the recipients should decide before the donation whether the donor will be committed to being present throughout the pregnancy and/or involved in the child’s upbringing, and if this is the case, to what extent.
How Can CoParents Help?
Here at CoParents, our service seeks to bridge the gap between aspiring parents, potential donors and sperm banks.
Our online service is complete with an extensive forum where you can engage with other donors to find out more information.
You can also browse our detailed listings of thousands of contributors from candidates across the world.