Is There A Height Requirement To Donate Sperm
Sperm donation is one of those things you hear about, but never really consider until you need it. When I was trying to get pregnant with my first child, I knew nothing about it. In fact, when we went to see an infertility doctor, she didn’t know much either – other than to suggest IVF (in vitro fertilization) as our only hope. This method has been used successfully by couples who can’t conceive naturally for years now. But still, if we wanted to try natural conception, there were some basic questions we needed answered. How do you find donors? What’s involved in the process? And what happens after you donate? We decided to go ahead with IVF because we had no other options at the time.
We found out later that many people don’t think about donating their own sperm until they’ve tried unsuccessfully to become parents without any luck. If that sounds like your situation, here are answers to some common questions.
What is Sperm Donation?
Donating sperm involves providing a sample of semen which is collected via masturbation into a sterile container. The samples are then sent off to be tested to determine if they contain enough healthy sperm. Once deemed suitable, the donor signs an agreement stating he/she will provide the sperm on demand for use in artificial fertilization treatments. Donors may sign up for several cycles, giving multiple samples over time.
How Do You Find Potential Donors?
There are two ways to look for potential donors: online services and local agencies. Online services offer convenience, privacy, and anonymity. However, these sites typically charge a fee, often $25-$100 per session. Local agencies usually give you a free tour of the facility, ask you lots of personal questions, and offer counseling. They also sometimes offer financial incentives such as gift cards or merchandise discounts.
What Are Requirements For Donating Semen?
The most important thing to remember is that donated sperm must meet certain standards. This includes checking the man’s medical history, testing his current health, and making sure the man isn’t currently using birth control. Also, all men should pass a screening test to make sure they’re not carriers of genetic disorders. These tests include chromosome analysis (karyotyping), fragile X testing, and carrier screening for Tay-Sachs disease and sickle cell anemia.
Next, the donor must produce a specimen that meets the following criteria:
1. volume of 1 cc (milliliter) or greater
2. concentration of 20 million motile sperm per milliliter
3. percentage of live sperm
4. percentage of normal sperm
5. pH level between 7.2 and 8.0
6. absence of odor
7. absence of abnormal color
And finally, the donor must be able to provide a signed release form allowing the clinic to disclose information about him to future recipients, including his name, address, phone number, e-mail address, and date of birth.
For the sake of confidentiality, the donor is asked to provide a pseudonym instead of his real name. Some clinics require this to be changed if the recipient requests so.
What Happens After Donating Sperm?
After donating sperm, the donor receives a letter confirming his eligibility. He can then choose whether or not to remain anonymous. Anonymous donors are paid less money since the identity of the donor is withheld. On the other hand, donors who wish to keep their identities private receive higher compensation.
Clients who want to participate in the program are given detailed instructions on how to collect the specimen. They undergo training on proper collection techniques. Samples are screened by technicians who use computers to evaluate each specimen. Men whose specimens fail screening are referred back for additional evaluation. Screened donors are eligible to donate for up to three cycles and will be contacted again if they decide to continue participating in the program. Donors may also choose to donate through a third party service provider.
Some countries allow men who donate voluntarily to request to not receive payment. In addition, non-payment does not affect a donor’s eligibility to volunteer for subsequent donations.
If you’d like to learn more about sperm donation, please visit www.donationsmart.com. From a practical standpoint, you’ll probably want to check out the fertility clinic closest to where you live. It would take too long to research every clinic around the country. And you might actually want to talk to someone who’s already done it before you jump in headfirst!
Please note that this article doesn’t cover surrogacy issues. Visit http://www.surrogacycentral.com for more info.
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