If you are interested in changing lives by becoming a donor, please get in touch: 0151 282 7516
We are delighted that you have shown interest in donating; by building a bank of fully screened donors we are able to match donors to recipients by blood group and physical characteristics. It is only with the contribution of amazing donors that we are able to continue our important and life changing work here at The Hewitt Fertility Centre. Donor numbers have declined in recent years and it is now, more than ever, that we need your help.
Quote from a sperm donor:
“The time commitment was never a problem and everyone was extremely professional and made me feel comfortable”
Why is sperm donation needed?
Sperm donation offers hope to heterosexual, same sex couples and single women who previously thought they could never have children.
In the case of heterosexual couples the male partner may have no sperm either due to illness or due to genetic problems. In certain cases the man may have undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment for childhood cancer. These treatments can damage their testes and their ability to produce sperm.
By building a bank of fully screened donors from a range of backgrounds and ethnicities we are able to match to donors to recipients by blood group and physical characteristics.
Who are potential donors?
Donors ideally should be,
- Aged between 18 and 40 and fit and well
- Be able to provide us with a family medical history
- Have photographic identification e.g. passport or driving licence
- Understand that donation is not anonymous
Exceptions in certain clinical scenarios can be made.
We do not exclude donors based on religious beliefs, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
Will I be reimbursed for my time and expenses?
General donors will be reimbursed £35.00 for each visit to the Hewitt Fertility Centre with a minimum of 15 visits being required to complete donation.
Identity protection; all of our donors are given a specific code, any screening tests sent to other laboratories will have this code in place of the donor name name.
How we perform sperm donation
You will have a sperm test to confirm your suitability as a donor.
You will then undergo a series of screening tests to establish your suitability to become a donor. These tests include: HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Human T cell Lymphotrophic Virus, Syphilis, Blood group, Cytomegalovirus, Cystic fibrosis and karyotype (a chromosome test). Screening for bacteria, Trichomonas, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia are also routinely performed.
You will be offered an appointment to see a member of our counselling team to discuss the long-term consequences of becoming a sperm donor. For example, it is important to remember that any child that is conceived using donor sperm has the legal right to approach the sperm donor from 18 years of age.
You will then begin the process of banking sperm which is subsequently frozen and placed in quarantine. Immediately after your final deposit and once again six months after, all screening tests to exclude infection, will be repeated.
Only when you have had all screening approved (6 months after final sperm deposit) is the sperm then available for use in treatment. Patients will be allocated a donor based on their individual requirements.
How to become a sperm donor?
If you would like to take the extraordinary step to help a patient create a family of their own please get in touch, or fill out the donor form below, providing your contact details.