The Different Types of Sperm Donors

The Different Types of Sperm Donors

In these days there are many couples who face infertility. This issue may not cause problems until a certain age, as, nowadays, couples focus first on having a career and achieving financial stability before starting a family, but there will be a time when they will have to seek for a solution to this problem. Thus, be they married couples or single women who want a child, sperm donors may be a satisfactory solution if the man in the couple is facing fertility issues. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Sperm donors are men who choose to donate their sperm either for financial reasons or for a noble cause. Here are the main types of sperm donors explained.

Anonymous sperm donors

Anonymous donors are individuals who do not claim any responsibility for the future baby. However, they have the possibility to reveal their identity if they want. These types of donors are usually recruited by fertility clinics through advertising or news articles and the clinics usually pay for the sperm donated by the anonymous men.

The donation process will take place at the medical facility that has recruited the donor. The donor will enter a private room and will be provided with various aids to help him go through with the process.

Choose the ‘father’

What is interesting about these types of sperm donors is that the women may choose the “father” of their child. The clinic or the sperm bank can provide you will all the information you need about the donor, including his physical appearance, such as color of eyes, skin color, height, weight, or his ethnic or cultural background.

Known or personal donors

The known sperm donors are usually men recruited by women themselves. The donors agree to donate their sperm to a family member or to a friend to help them in conceiving a child. A women may choose someone in her husband’s family or a personal friend to ‘father’ the child.

In these situations, the donor and the patient usually reach a mutual agreement, thus the donor will, in many cases, not charge monetary compensation. In this case, the donation procedure usually takes place in the office of the fertility doctor the couple is working with.

Regular screening process

The anonymous as well as the personal sperm donors must follow a general procedure, which implies regular screening for the following.

genetic or infectious diseases
blood group
rhesus factor

Sperm donor checklist

In addition to these requirements, there are also four important things men should think about if they want to become sperm donors.

the required age: between 18 and 40
their history of fertility problems
their physical and mental health
their sperm quality

As you can see, there are quite a few requirements that need to be met, but using a sperm donor may be, in many cases, the best solution available for an infertile couple.

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Maureen Stephens, BS, RN
Maureen Stephens, BS, RN | ConceiveEasy
Ms. Stephens has spent over twenty years in the healthcare world, specializing in obstretical and medical/surgical nursing. She joined ConceiveEasy as she has a strong interest in educating and empowering women and promoting fertility awareness.