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Donor Sperm

For Sperm Donors

What is a sperm donor?

A sperm donor is a person who donates their sperm, or spermatozoa, for another person or couple to use for the purposes of reproduction.

A sperm donor can be known or unknown to their recipient, but it is important to note that since the implementation of legislation in 2004, anonymous sperm donation is no longer possible.

Known Sperm Donor

A known donor is a person who chooses to donate their sperm to a person they know.  This may be a family member or a friend

Unknown Sperm Donor

Unknown sperm donors are those who altruistically donate their sperm to a fertility clinic for use in donor conception for recipients allocated by the fertility clinic.  Fertility North offers local and international sperm donors.

Who is eligible to donate their sperm?

A sperm donor can be anyone with sperm who is:

  • At least 18 years and six months of age
  • AND less than 46 years of age.

All sperm donors are required to undertake:

  • initial donor counselling session with an accredited Fertility Counsellor
  • a 3 month ‘cooling off’ period (which may or may not coincide with a quarantine period)
  • comprehensive medical and genetic screening
  • a second counselling session anytime following the completion of the cooling off period.

For Sperm Recipients

Why use donor sperm?

Donor sperm is used by people who are:

  • Single women.
  • Same-sex couples.
  • Have very low numbers or quality in their own sperm.
  • Do not produce any sperm themselves.
  • At risk of passing on a genetic disease.
  • Impacted by testicular disease or illness.
  • Unsuccessful after undertaking fertility treatment using their own sperm.

Who is eligible to receive donated sperm?

A sperm recipient can be anyone who requires donated sperm to conceive who is:

  • At least 18 years and six months of age, AND
  • less than 52 years of age.

All sperm recipients, and their partner where applicable, are required to undertake:

  • Initial donor counselling session with an accredited Fertility Counsellor.
  • A 3 month ‘cooling off’ period (which may or may not coincide with a quarantine period)
  • Screening tests and medical questionnaires.
  • A second counselling session anytime following the completion of the cooling off period.

Why Fertility North for sperm donation?

Fertility North provides a certified donor programme which strictly abides by current state and federal legislation.  Our Donor Programme incorporates the care and treatment for donors and recipients, and their partners (if applicable). 

To oversee the smooth delivery of our programme, Fertility North is proud to employ an experienced Donor Coordinator who provides ongoing information and support, as well as the planning and organisation of donor appointments, counselling, screening tests and treatments.

Fertility North has a range of local and international sperm donors, via our exclusive agreement with the Seattle Sperm Bank.  However, we are always on the lookout for new sperm donors locally.  Sperm donation is an incredible gift that can help one or more families achieve their dream of becoming a parent. At Fertility North, we do everything in our power to make this process as easy as possible for our generous donors.

If you have ever considered donating your sperm, or to find out more about using donor sperm at Fertility North, please contact our Donor Coordinator.