Help others create the gift of life
Donating sperm is a generous act that will enable others to fulfil their dream of having a family. For many individuals and couples, using donor sperm is their only chance of having a family.
Victoria is experiencing a shortage of sperm donors, so we thank you for considering becoming a sperm donor and helping create a family. To help the many individuals and couples waiting to commence treatment with donor sperm at Melbourne IVF we would like to hear from you.
Can I be a sperm donor?
- The person donating sperm must be an Australian Resident
- If you are a healthy man between 25 and 45 years of age, you may be suitable to be a sperm donor.
- If the person donating sperm has a partner, they are also required to attend counselling sessions along with the potential donor.
You may already have children of your own and want to help others experience parenthood. Or you may not be ready to have a family of your own but want to make someone else’s dreams come true. You can also donate sperm to a relative or friend who is trying to conceive. In this situation, we may consider donors over 45 years of age.
Why do we need more sperm donors?
Infertility affects an estimated one in six couples. Many couples can be treated using conventional in vitro fertilisation (IVF), but donor sperm may be required in some cases of severe male infertility where there is a failure of sperm production or where there is a serious medical or genetic condition.
Single women and women in a same-sex relationship will require donor sperm treatment, either clinic-recruited or recipient-recruited.
Melbourne IVF supports you as a sperm donor with flexible appointments and reimbursement of reasonable expenses.
Our donor team are specialists in this area of treatment and are there to assist you.
Can I be paid to be a sperm donor?
In Australia, donating sperm is an altruistic act. Melbourne IVF will reimburse reasonable expenses however it is illegal in Australia to ‘pay’ a donor to give sperm to our clinic.
Clinic-recruited donors will be reimbursed for time spent attending appointments.
How do I become a sperm donor?
The first step is to contact us through this website, or phone our Community Liaison Administrator on 1800 111 483. We will then send you all the information you need to get started.
What happens next?
Sperm donors (and their partner, where applicable), whether clinic-recruited or recipient-recruited, are required to attend a minimum of two counselling sessions with a Melbourne IVF counsellor to discuss the social and legal issues around donor-conceived families.
All parties, recipients, donors and partners, where applicable, need to sign detailed consent forms regarding the use of donor sperm before treatment may commence.
If the donor is known to the recipient, a joint counselling session may be scheduled.
2. Screening blood tests and semen analysis
Following the first counselling session the donor has screening blood tests, which include those for infectious diseases, some genetic screening and a semen analysis.
The results of these tests are reviewed and discussed during the medical assessment that follows.
3. Medical assessment
Each sperm donor has a consultation with a Melbourne IVF fertility specialist where the donor’s medical history, blood test results and semen analysis are reviewed.
Sperm donors are also required to complete a Genetic and Medical Health Questionnaire which is discussed during this consultation. If required, a clinical geneticist will review the Genetic and Medical Health Questionnaire to assess the donor’s suitability to provide sperm for the Melbourne IVF donor sperm program.
4. Sperm is quarantined
Once counselling is completed, and if the medical assessment is satisfactory, sperm storage appointments are then arranged.
Usually at least five sperm samples are required, and these are best produced and stored within a limited timeframe (one to two months). The donated sperm is stored and quarantined for a minimum of three months, after which time the donor is required to undergo further screening blood tests for infectious diseases. If the test results are negative, the stored sperm is made available for allocation and use by recipients.
Watch our webinar about becoming a sperm donor
This webinar was streamed live on Youtube in April 2015 and gives you are overview of the sperm donation process and answers common questions in relation to donation:
Why I became a Sperm Donor
Interview with a Melbourne IVFsperm donor: listen now »
If you're considering becoming a sperm donor or want more information please phone our Community Liaison Administrators on 1800 111 483 or email us.