Become a sperm donor
We’re suffering from a nation-wide sperm shortage, and need your help!
There are many people out there who need help to start a family, which is why sperm donation is an extraordinary gift! It gives people the chance to experience parenthood, when they otherwise might not be able to.
When it comes to sperm donation, help really is in your hands.
You’re Extraordinary (not ordinary)
There are many reasons to lend a helping hand and donate your sperm, such as:
Plus during the process you'll get information about your personal health and fertility, including the results of a semen analysis and genetic screening for risk factors. You'll even be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses incurred.
Who am I helping?
Many people need donor sperm to achieve their dreams of parenthood. They might include:
- single women
- women in same-sex relationships
- heterosexual couples experiencing infertility
- men experiencing male infertility
- transgender or gender-diverse people
Who can donate?
Sperm donors come in all shapes and sizes.
If you’re a healthy man aged between 21 and 45, and you’re willing to donate altruistically (without payment), we’d love to hear from you.
It’s also important to understand that your identifying information will be available to any children born from your donation, if they request it, once they turn 18.
Read more on this in our FAQ’s below.
Is the process hard?
Well, in a literal sense… it does require some hard action. But once you get going, it’s easy!
And at TasIVF, we have a dedicated and experienced donor team who provide guidance and support for donors throughout the process.
Here’s how it works, step by step.
Step 1 – Getting Started
An appointment will be made for you to meet with one of our Donor Coordinators, who will talk to you more about the process including the kinds of tests you’ll be required to undergo, including infectious disease and genetic testing, and your rights and responsibilities as a donor.
Step 2 - Counselling
Two sessions of counselling is compulsory for donors, and their respective partners if relevant to ensure everyone involved is prepared.
Step 3 – Semen Analysis & Genetic Screening
You'll undergo a semen analysis, as well as a screening of your blood for infectious diseases and some genetic conditions.
Step 4 – Ready, set, donate!
Once all of the test results are back and have been discussed with you, appointments will be scheduled for the donations at our private clinic.
You can typically expect between five and ten appointments for sperm donation. It’s hard work, we know! But this ensures that there are enough swimmers available from your donation, to give people the best chance possible who are hoping to conceive through donor sperm.
Step 5 – One last check
Once you donate, your sperm is quarantined for three to six months. After this time, we then ask you to attend a further blood test, as a final screen for infectious diseases. Your sperm can then be cleared for use, and will be released to our recipients for treatment.
It’s an incredible gift, and could help someone achieve their dreams of having a family.
Step 6 – What happens once a child is born?
TasIVF maintains a secure register of all past donors, which the offspring of donors have the option to access when they turn 18.
Ready to become a sperm donor? Let’s do this!
- Can I be paid to be a sperm donor?
In Australia, it’s illegal to take payment for any human tissue, including sperm. However, you can be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses you incur throughout the process of donating sperm, such as parking, travel, and medical expenses.
- What information will be shared about me to intending parents?
If you are donating sperm as a de-identified donor we will provide relevant medical, genetic and family history as well as your profile such as eye colour, personality traits, education, and ethnicity. We will also ask you to include a photograph of yourself as a child. You will remain completely anonymous to the intending parents, and identifying details will only become available once the child turns 18 and requests this information.
- Will I be told if a child is born from my donated sperm?
You can find out how many children have been born from your donation including gender and year of birth.