With infertility rising, there has never been more demand for healthy sperm. But before you sign on the dotted line and give away your sperm in exchange for some cash, there are some things you might want to consider.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE DONATING SPERM
DO YOU MEET THE REQUIREMENTS?
The requirements vary from sperm bank to sperm bank. But most have some criteria you have to fulfil before they will take your sperm. Are you tall enough? The ethnicity they want? Do you have a degree? Do you have any genetic conditions in your family? Do you live close enough to the bank to drop samples off regularly? There are a number of hoops you need to jump through before you get paid.
IT IS NOT A QUICK SOLUTION FOR CASH
Many men see donating sperm as a quick cash solution, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. You will be tested again and again and again, and these tests take time. First, you have pre-screening, which is an online questionnaire. Then you have your first donation, which is just a test. If your sperm count is too low, you will be excluded from the process.
If they are happy with this first donation, you receive a full medical exam to make sure everything is in perfect order down there. Then you will give a couple of donations; they will freeze the sperm for six months.
After six months, they test you again for diseases like HIV which can take several months to be detected. There is also a blood test to check for genetic conditions. Only once all this is done will you start receiving money. The process is lengthy, to say the least.
IT AFFECTS YOUR PERSONAL LIFE
Donating sperm isn’t just a case of masturbating in a different room each week. You need to ejaculate for 24 to 48 hours before you make a donation and you are to donate twice a week for six months to a year. This has a serious impact on your movements, holidays, and your sex life.
NO GUARANTEED ANONYMITY
Even if you opt to remain anonymous, if the child wants more information about you once they turn 18, the clinic will most likely contact you. You can refuse to give them any more information about you, but you only have to watch daytime TV to know that a curious teenager with access to the internet and a DNA testing kit could potentially hunt you down. Chances are that you will up being a dad one day, whether you like it or not.
YOUR RESPONSIBILITY DOESN’T END WHEN YOU FINISH
Your responsibility isn’t over when you hand your sample in. You have an obligation to keep the sperm bank informed of any changes to your health records. If you get cancer or someone in your family gets it, you have to inform your sperm bank.
Rather than a quick way to make some easy cash, donating sperm is a lengthy and time-consuming way to make very little cash. For some, it is a great way to provide a little extra pocket money at the end of each month. But it takes some serious thought before you agree to donate, and even then there is no guarantee they will accept your sperm.