Help another couple fulfil their dream of a family
Sperm donation is one of the most generous things a man can do as it can offer some women and couples their only chance to have children. There is currently a shortage of sperm donors throughout Australia, so please consider whether you could offer the gift of a family to others.
Many couples have difficulty conceiving because of serious male reproductive issues so sperm donors play a vital role in Queensland Fertility Group’s treatment programs. 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
- covering any expenses you incur during the process, such as parking, travel, medical expenses and some compensation for your time.
Who can donate sperm?
If you’re a healthy man aged between 18 and 45, please consider becoming a sperm donor and making dreams come true.
Why should I be a sperm donor?
There are many good reasons to become a sperm donor, for example if:
- 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. $100 per donation will be reimbursed. Most men who donate average between 10 and 20 donations in total.
How does sperm donation work?
All our donors, whether they are recruited locally or overseas undergo rigorous preparation for donation:
Medical Screening: A QFG fertility specialist will conduct a thorough check of your medical history, including extended family and genetic history.
Genetic testing: Screening for hereditary conditions like cystic fibrosis, thalassaemia and others depending on ethnic background.
Quarantine: All donors are initially screened for infectious diseases. Donor sperm is quarantined for six months, and all donors are re-screened for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, HTLV I & II, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia before any sperm is released for treatment.
Counselling: Each donor and their partner, spends time with our counsellors to consider the legal and emotional implications of donation. All donors must consent to have their identifying information made available to children born from their donated sperm.
Family Limit: Queensland Fertility Group has a limit of ten families worldwide from a donor. Therefore, we can only allow ten women access to a donor at any time.
About your identity as a sperm donor
Donors are now required to be open and willing to have contact with any children born through sperm donation. Offspring may request identifying information about their donor when they have reached the age of 18 years. 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/recipients before or during any treatment, but a non-identifying profile of you assists the recipient in their selection of a donor. The recipient will not be aware of your identity as the donor, and you will not be informed if your sperm has achieved a pregnancy or birth unless you specifically request it.
Your identity will only ever be available to children born through use of your sperm – if they request it when they reach the age of 18.
The legal side of things
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.
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 current Australian law, the sperm donor has no legal or financial responsibilities to the child, the mother, or the couple – now or in the future.
Find out more
If you’d like to find out more about donating sperm through Queensland Fertility Group, please get in touch.
Call 1800 111 483, or email us.