Become a sperm donor
We’re suffering from a nation-wide sperm shortage, and need your help!
There are many people out there who need help to start a family, which is why sperm donation is an extraordinary gift! It gives people the chance to experience parenthood, when they otherwise might not be able to.
When it comes to sperm donation, help really is in your hands.
You’re Extraordinary (not ordinary)
There are many reasons to lend a helping hand and donate your sperm, such as:
Who am I helping?
Many people need donor sperm to achieve their dreams of parenthood. They might include:
- single women
- women in same-sex relationships
- heterosexual couples experiencing infertility
- men experiencing male infertility
- transgender or gender-diverse people
Who can donate?
Sperm donors come in all shapes and sizes.
If you’re a healthy man aged between 21 and 45, and you’re willing to donate altruistically (without payment), we’d love to hear from you.
It’s also important to understand that your identifying information will be available to any children born from your donation, if they request it, once they turn 18.
Read more on this in our FAQ’s below.
Is the process hard?
Well, in a literal sense… it does require some hard action. But once you get going, it’s easy!
And at QFG, we have a dedicated and experienced donor team who provide guidance and support for donors throughout the process.
Here’s how it works, step by step.
Step 1 – Getting Started
An appointment will be made for you to meet with one of our Fertility Specialists, who will ask about your medical history, including both your physical and mental health.
Step 2 - Counselling
Prior to donation you (and your partner if you have one) will meet with our counsellors so that they can help you consider the legal and emotional implications of donation.
Step 3 – Semen Analysis & Genetic Screening
Our experienced donor coordinators will contact you to organise an appointment for a semen analysis, as well as a screening of your blood for infectious diseases and some genetic conditions.
Step 4 – Get ready, get set, donate!
Once all of the test results are back and have been discussed with you, appointments will be scheduled for the donations at our private clinic.
You can typically expect between five and ten appointments for sperm donation. It’s hard work, we know! But this ensures that there are enough swimmers available from your donation, to give people the best chance possible who are hoping to conceive through donor sperm.
Step 5 – One last check
Once you donate, your sperm is quarantined for three to six months. After this time, we then ask you to attend a further blood test, as a final screen for infectious diseases. Your sperm can then be cleared for use, and will be released to our recipients for treatment. You'll also be reimbursed for any reasonable expenses incurred.
It’s an incredible gift, and could help someone achieve their dreams of having a family.
Step 6 – What happens once a child is born?
You an request information about whether your sperm has achieved a pregnancy or birth.
Children can request identifying information about their donor when they have reached 18 years of age. Therefore donors are required to be open and willing to having contact with any children born through sperm donation.
Ready to become a sperm donor? Let’s do this!
- Can I be an anonymous sperm donor?
Your identity will only ever be available to children born through the use of your sperm – and will only be given out if they request it once they turn 18 years old.
Queensland Fertility Group keeps separate records of donors, recipients and successful births purely for the medical protection of both the donors and any children arising from use of donated sperm. In Queensland, unlike some other states, it is not accessible to any other parties, or subject to disclosure to any Government agency.
- Can I be paid to be a sperm donor?
In Australia, it’s illegal to take payment for any human tissue, including sperm. However, you can be reimbursed for reasonable expenses you incur throughout the process of donating sperm, such as parking, travel, and medical expenses.
- What information will be shared about me to intending parents?
If you are donating sperm as a de-identified donor we will provide relevant medical, genetic and family history as well as your profile such as eye colour, personality traits, education, and ethnicity. We will also ask you to include a photograph of yourself as a child. You will remain completely anonymous to the intending parents, and identifying details will only become available once the child turns 18 and requests this information.
- Will I be told if a child is born from my donated sperm?
On request you can find out how many children have been born from your donation including gender and year of birth.