Sperm Donor Program
Sperm donation is more common than you might think. In fact, approximately 1 in 8 couples who have difficulty conceiving use a sperm donor to start a family.
Donor Sperm Works For...
The reasons for the need to access donor sperm are quite varied, however donor sperm can lead to a healthy, happy conception if, for example:
- You are a heterosexual couple and the man has a very low sperm count, or no sperm present.
- You’re a man with a genetic defect, such as haemophilia that may be transmitted to the child.
- You’re a single woman.
- You’re women in a same-sex relationship.
The process of accessing donor sperm, whether it’s from a Flinders Fertility donor or a donor known to you, isn’t as complicated as you may think. It's actually simple if you first take the opportunity to talk to our Sperm Donor Coordinator on 131 IVF (131483) or email the Coordinator at email@example.com
Nevertheless, in general the process will involve:
- A Flinders Fertility consultation and the development of a treatment plan. This stage of the process will also involve the completion of consent forms once counselling has been completed. Given that treatment with donor sperm may be by Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) or In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF), a referral from your Doctor will be required.
- Meeting with the Flinders Fertility Counsellor on at least two (2) occasions to discuss matters relating to the social and legal aspects of donor-conceived families, confidentiality and the possible implications now and in the future. Partners (if any) are asked to attend all of these sessions.
- Finding a sperm donor. See below for further information.
Finding A Sperm Donor - Local And Overseas
Flinders Fertility Donors
If you don’t know someone prepared to be a donor, we can help you locate one.
Flinders Fertility has a number of local sperm donors on file who recognise the gift they can offer, and who donate their sperm specifically to help achieve a pregnancy.
All the donors on our database have been assessed and screened. See our Who Can Be A Sperm Donor? section below for further information.
If you wish to access profiles of Flinders Fertility recruited donors then please either call our Sperm Donor Coordinator on 131 IVF (131483) or email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We also have overseas donor sperm currently available. Flinders Fertility has an agreement in place with the European Sperm Bank for the supply of sperm that meet South Australian and Australian law, and Flinders Fertility policy.
Flinders Fertility’s arrangement with the European Sperm Bank was recently the subject of a segment on the ABC’s 7:30 Report. You can watch the full report on the ABC's website.
For any special donor requests please contact our Sperm Donor Coordinator on 131 IVF (131483) or email at email@example.com.
Bring Your Own Donor
You can also ‘bring your own’ donor, however he will need to be assessed and screened to satisfy the eligibility criteria for sperm donors. Please see the Who Can Be A Sperm Donor? section below.
Who Can Be A Sperm Donor?
The ideal donor will be a healthy male between 21 and 40 years old. More importantly, he’ll need to satisfy Australia’s regulations and National Health and Medical Research Council, Ethical guidelines. Even if he’s a friend.
Some of the more important points are that a donor will need to:
- Consent to the release of identifying information about himself to the persons conceived using his sperm if requested and upon reaching 16 years of age.
- Agree to undergo counselling, medical assessments, and screening for infectious and genetic diseases. In the case of clinic donors all costs are borne by Flinders Fertility. Recipients meet costs incurred by known donors. All donors are carefully screened for thalassaemia, syphilis, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV (AIDS). Semen is quarantined for 6 months and used only when the donor is re-screened for hepatitis and HIV infection and found to be negative. These stringent measures were introduced to prevent the transmission of hepatitis B, C and HIV through donated sperm.
- Agree to be included within a Donor Conception Register. A Donor Conception Register will be established in Adelaide, South Australia by the South Australian Government. Any child on reaching 16 years of age conceived from donated material received by flindersfertility after 1st September 2010, may access identifying information.
- Disclose to Flinders Fertility any information about their health or their family’s medical history that could affect the health of a child conceived from donated material now or any information that becomes known in the future.
Payment For Donating
Donors cannot be paid in any way, except for the reimbursement for out of pocket costs. Donation must be altruistic. Under the Prohibition of Human Cloning for Reproduction Act 2002 (Commonwealth), section 21, a person commits an offense if the person intentionally gives or offers valuable consideration to another person for the supply of sperm.
Limits On Using Donated Sperm
It is Flinders Fertility policy that the number of families coming from any one per donor be restricted to 10 or less (as designated by the donor himself) anywhere in the world so that the chances of related donor conceived children marrying are extremely low.
Becoming A Sperm Donor
By joining the sperm donor program at Flinders Fertility you will become part of an exceptional group of men that have chosen to assist others in fulfilling their dreams of having a family.
Becoming a sperm donor is not as complicated as you may think especially with the support of our Sperm Donor Coordinator. Perhaps the greatest commitment required in respect of your time is the counselling, medical assessments, and screening for infectious and genetic diseases. Please see the Who Can Be A Sperm Donor? section above for further information.
However the upshot is that you will receive a general health check up, a fertility assessment and a genetic screening at no cost in addition to the obvious benefit of helping others. Irrespective of the benefits we’ll try and make the process as easy as possible by arranging appointments at times suitable to you and tests at convenient locations.
The best place to start is to call our Sperm Donor Coordinator on 131 IVF (131 483) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find Out More
At Flinders Fertility we recognise that a website may not cover all your information requirements. That's why we offer a number of information options. So, if you want to find out more about sperm donation or our sperm donor program, either:
- Call on 131 IVF (131 483) to talk to our Sperm Donor Coordinator.
- Email us at email@example.com.
- Seek a referral to Flinders Fertility from your Doctor.
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