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3 Legal Facts Sperm Donors Need to Know

Thinking about Becoming a Sperm Donor? Here is Some Useful Guidance

If you are a genuine male and looking to donate sperm we have thousands of women waiting for your help. Lesbian singles/couples and heterosexual Women who have maybe not found Mr Right or don’t want a relationship are looking for sperm donors to help them become a parent.

Lesbian women are increasingly looking to start a family and are right here on this site searching for a sperm donor.You can help to make a huge difference in someone’s life, so if you are over 18 years old, are a genuine, responsible male with no genetic disorders and want to help someone then register with Co-ParentMatch.com

3 Simple Legal Facts if you are Thinking about Becoming a Sperm Donor:

  • If you donate your sperm through a fertility clinic you will not be classed as the child’s legal father and will not have parental responsibility.
  • If you donate to a single woman via home insemination you are very likely to have legal parental responsibility to the child. The woman who is carrying the baby can choose either the sperm donor or the partner to be named on the birth certificate.
  • If you donate to a married couple (lesbian or heterosexual) via home insemination there is a chance that you could have legal parental responsibility to the child. However in most cases if the woman who is giving birth is married the couple are automatically protected and the partner will be legally classed as a parent.

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Why should I donate sperm?

If you are thinking about becoming a sperm donor you should examine your motives for donating.
Some men choose to donate sperm to help others create a family, some men like the thought of becoming a father without the worry of raising a child and others do it for money.

You may ask yourself why you are thinking about it and how long you have been considering becoming a donor.

If you are donating through a sperm bank there are the intake process for donors is very strict.

Many sperm banks do not accept the following donors:

  • Men with ginger hair
  • Men less than 6ft tall
  • Men who have ethnicity other than Caucasian
  • Drug users
  • Men who have led promiscuous lives
  • Men who are adopted
  • Men who have no school qualifications

How to be a sperm donor

If you are interested in donating sperm you can register on an introductory site such as co-parentmatch.com or register with a sperm bank or fertility clinic. If you donate sperm through co-parentmatch you will meet your recipient face-to-face and agree one or more options for donating sperm including the following:

Artificial Insemination at home (AI) / Home Insemination – you would be required to ejaculate into a sterile specimen cup in order for your recipient to insert the sperm into her vagina using a sterile syringe.

Natural Insemination (NI) – Some people prefer to try to conceive ‘the old fashioned way’. This is down to the discretion of individual members however we strongly urge both donors and recipients to insist on health screening and fertility test results. NI is something that both donor and recipient must fully agree on and if you feel a member is putting inappropriate pressure on you then you should report them immediately.

Sperm Bank or Fertility Clinic? - by donating through a sperm bank you will automatically receive both health screening tests and fertility tests checking the quantity and quality of your sperm. Most sperm banks will have a comfortable private room with a selection of magazines and DVD’s to ‘encourage’ you to produce your sample. Your sperm will then be frozen for 6 months and undergo freeze/thaw testing before it can be passed fit for insemination.

For all of the above methods you should have fully health screening and have received fertility test results prior to any insemination. 

Health Screening for Sperm Donors

For a full explanation of the screening process visit our health screening page

Will I get paid for donating sperm?

1) At a Sperm Bank

How much money do I get?

A sperm donor will receive £35 per donation in the UK to $100 per donation in the USA. Fees vary depending on which sperm bank you are donating at.

When do I get the money?

You will usually receive half payment when you are at the clinic donating and the other half when your sperm samples are removed from quarantine (between 6-12 months).

2) Via Private Arrangement such as Home Insemination

A sperm donor is allowed to receive reasonable reimbursement payment for any costs incurred during the donation process such as travel costs.

It is unlawful for a sperm donor to receive payment for sperm donation i.e. a donor cannot set a fee and sell his sperm.

 

Legal Facts for Sperm Donors

What rights does a sperm donor have if he helps a lesbian couple conceive?

What rights does a sperm donor have when donating to single heterosexual women and single lesbians?

What rights do I have if I donate to married heterosexual couples?

How useful is a legal sperm donor agreement?

Naming a sperm donor on the birth certificate

Fertility clinics for sperm donation

Sperm donor children

What if I donate through a licensed clinic?