For many couples, using donor sperm may be their only option for starting a family. But unfortunately there is often a shortage of sperm donors in Tasmania.
Becoming a sperm donor can be one of the most generous things a man can do. The main reasons men consider sperm donation include:
- Having their own children and want to help others experience that joy
- Not yet ready to have a family, but wanting to help others
- Knowing someone who is trying to conceive and want to donate to them directly
Donating your sperm will have a powerful impact on you, the people who receive it, and, of course on the person born as a result of your donation.
Can I be a sperm donor?
To be a sperm donor, you must be a male Australian resident, preferably between 20 and 50. If you have a partner, we ask that they attend donor counselling sessions with you.
Can I be paid to be a sperm donor?
In Australia it is illegal to take payment for any human tissue, including sperm, however TasIVF can reimburse donors for their expenses incurred during the donation process.
Can I be an anonymous donor?
If there is a specific couple or individual that you wish to donate your sperm to, TasIVF can manage this process. Otherwise TasIVF actively recruits anonymous donors for any patients requiring access to donor sperm.
Clinic recruited, de-identified sperm donors remain anonymous up until the child turns 18. TasIVF maintains a secure register of all past donors, which the offspring of donors have the option to access when they turn 18.
Am I legally responsible for the offspring?
While any children created as a result of your donation will be your genetic offspring, legally and socially they will be the children of different parents.
At TasIVF, we require all donors to have a three month cooling off period prior to donations as well as at least two counselling sessions with our counsellor. This is so you can make sure the decision you make is one you can live with for the rest of your life. It also helps ensure your decision will have positive implications for donor recipients and any resulting offspring.
How do I become a sperm donor?
If you're considering sperm donation, please make an appointment to talk to our Donor Coordinator, either face to face or over the phone, to get more detail on the sperm donation process. This will include the kinds of tests you’ll be required to undergo, including infectious disease and genetic testing, and your rights and responsibilities as a donor. Counselling is compulsory for donors, recipients and their respective partners to ensure everyone involved is prepared.
Of course, we treat any donor enquiry, and all aspects of care and treatment, with the utmost privacy and confidentiality.
Using donors in IVF is a specialist area, and TasIVF coordinates our donor program to ensure it meets all ethical and legislative guidelines and standards.
If you're interested in becoming a sperm donor phone 03 6224 1808 or email the donor team today.