Help another couple fulfil their dream of a family
Sperm donation is a generous gift, as it offers some women and couples their only chance to have children. Sperm donors play a vital role in QFG’s treatment programs, and offer the chance of a healthy baby to:
- same-sex couples
- single women
- heterosexual couples who have experienced repeated IVF failure
- heterosexual couples where the male partner is azoospermic (no sperm produced)
- heterosexual couples who have a high likelihood of passing on a genetic condition
There is currently a shortage of sperm donors throughout Australia, so we encourage you to consider whether you could become a sperm donor, and offer the gift of a family to others.
Who can donate sperm?
We accept sperm donations from healthy men aged between 18 and 45.
Why should I be a sperm donor?
You may decide to become a sperm donor because:
- you have children of your own, and want to help others experience that joy
- you’re not ready to have a family of your own, but want to help others
- you know someone who is trying to conceive, and want to donate to them directly
Will I be paid to donate my sperm?
No. In Australia, it’s illegal to make payment for any human tissue, including sperm. You will be offered a sum to cover expenses incurred and time attending appointments. Clinic recruited donors will be reimbursed by Queensland Fertility Group for their time spent attending appointments.
How does sperm donation work?
We make sure the donation process is as simple and straightforward as possible, including:
- flexible appointment times
- tests and collections in our private clinic
- complete confidentiality throughout
Will I receive a health check-up?
Yes, a QFG Fertility Specialist will conduct a thorough check of your medical history, including extended family and genetic history. You will receive free genetic testing to find out if you carry any hereditary conditions like Cystic Fibrosis, Thalassaemia, and other conditions depending on ethnic background. You will also be screened for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, HTLV I & II, Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia before any sperm is released for treatment.
Is sperm donation right for me?
We understand that becoming a sperm donor is not a simple decision. 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.
Will my identity as a sperm donor be released?
Offspring may request identifying information about their donor when they have reached 18 years old. Therefore donors are required to be open and willing to having contact with any children born through sperm donation. For this reason we ask you to let us know about any changes to your address or other contact details. We will attempt to contact you annually to update your medical records.
Your identity is not revealed to the recipient/s before or during any treatment, but a non-identifying profile of you is provided to assist the recipient in their selection of a donor. The recipient will not be aware of your identity, and you will not be informed if your sperm has achieved a pregnancy or birth unless you specifically request this information.
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 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.
Donor sperm laws
Each recipient signs a consent form for use of the donor semen. At registration of the birth of a child resulting from donor semen, the recipient is registered as the legal parent. Under Australian law, the sperm donor has no legal or financial responsibilities to the child, the mother, or the couple – now or in the future.
To find out more about becoming a sperm donor, or to book an appointment with a Queensland Fertility Group Fertility Specialist, call 1800 111 483 to speak with an experienced Fertility Consultant or send us an email enquiry.