Why should I donate through a clinic rather than making a private arrangement?
All HFEA-licensed clinics must conform to strict medical, legal and ethical standards. This ensures that everyone involved in the donation is clear about their legal position and is protected by the law.
All non-partner sperm donated through a clinic must be screened for certain medical conditions as well as sexually transmitted diseases and quarantined for 6 months. This helps to ensure that babies born from donated sperm are healthy, and that there are no risks to the woman who receives the donation.
Am I paid to be a donor?
From April 2012 we are able to compensate you by a total of £35 per donation.
When will I receive these expenses?
Once the screening checks have been completed and you are accepted as a donor, each time you attend the clinic to donate £20 will be paid to you in cash. The remaining £15 per donation will be paid to you in a lump sum when the final screening checks are completed.
Do I have any say about how my sperm are used?
You can say who you wish to receive your sperm. For example, you may have decided to donate to a friend or a relative. It is also possible to specify certain conditions if you are donating to people you do not know.
How many children could be born from my donation?
Your sperm can be used in the creation of up to 10 families. There are no limits on the number of children each family may have. You can specify a lower number of families should you wish.
What will the children have been told about me?
You will be asked if you would like to provide some non-identifying information about yourself that you would be happy to have passed on to any children born as a result of your donation, this is entirely optional. Parents can obtain this information, and may decide to pass this on to their children. Parents may also be told the number, sex and year of birth of other children born as a result of your donations.