Donating sperm is a generous gift that could make an incredible difference to people who, without the help of donors, wouldn’t have a chance to even try for their much-wanted baby. At GCRM we always welcome sperm donations, as donor sperm is in short supply. We realise how important our sperm donors are, and appreciate the gift they are giving to others. The donation process is not time-consuming and is very discreet. Our environment is comfortable and our friendly team are experienced in managing sperm donation programmes.
Types of sperm donor
There are two different types of sperm donor:
- Altruistic donors (who are donating their sperm for use by anyone needing donor sperm)
- Known donors (who are donating for a specific person)
Who can be a sperm donor?
We are looking for sperm donors who fit the following criteria:
- Between 18 and 45 years of age
- In general good health
- Available to make around 12 visits to GCRM over a three month period
Altruistic sperm donors
How it works
Altruistic donors are men willing to donate sperm which will be frozen for later use by someone who they don’t know. Men first provide a sample for semen analysis and undergo some screening tests, to make sure there’s no reason why they shouldn’t donate. Before the donor’s sperm is used, they’ll be matched with a recipient who has similar characteristics, i.e. hair colour, build etc. This is an anonymous process: the sperm donor and the donor recipient will not know each other’s identities. The altruistic donor’s sperm can be used for artificial insemination. Alternatively, the sperm could be used in vitro fertilisation treatment.
Our sperm donors make around 12 donations on separate visits over an agreed length of time (usually between 3-6 months). Sperm donors are reimbursed £35 for each visit at the end of donation to cover travel and work expenses incurred during the process. If you are interested in becoming an altruistic sperm donor, please contact us on 0141 891 8749.
Known sperm donors
Known donors donate their sperm to someone they know. There is no reimbursement offered by the clinic for this process. The recipient can offer expenses to their donor, but they must comply with the maximum expenses outlined by the HFEA, in the same way that the clinic would with an altruistic donor. If this is something you are considering and would like to proceed, please contact Elaine Grossart.
Support and Counselling
All our donors are encouraged to use our counselling service before they start a donation cycle and at any point during or after the donation process. Our trained and experienced counsellor will discuss the issues around donation and its implications. Things like:
- Your reasons for wanting to donate
- Donor anonymity implications
- The welfare of any child or children born as a result of using your donated sperm
- The rights and needs of children born resulting from your donation
- Other potential implications for the future
It’s important that our donors understand the full implications involved in donating, and feel sure that they wish to continue with the process.
Your First Steps
If you’d like to give someone the chance to start a family, the first step is to get in touch with GCRM. We’ll take your details, confirm that you could be a prospective donor, and send you our donor information pack.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do I have any parental responsibility for donor-conceived children?
A: No, the recipients are the parents of the child. You have no financial or legal obligation or responsibility.
Q: Will the recipients of my sperm ever know who I am?
A: If you are an altruistic donor, recipients will not be told your identity. You will complete a characteristics form that will aid the recipients in choosing a donor but no personal information will be disclosed.
More questions about sperm donation? Check out our FAQs section