Selecting a Sperm Donor
Many couples experience fertility issues and some may need to receive treatment to have the baby they dream about. One of the possibilities is to use a sperm donor for fertility treatment. Cryos is the world’s largest sperm bank and for more than 30 years, we have helped couples and singles finding a donor. In this post, we will share our best advice on how to go about selecting a sperm donor for fertility treatment.
Decide the level of information you want about the sperm donor
One of the first things you should consider is the level of information you would like to have. You can choose between sperm donors with what we call a basic profile or an extended profile. A donor with a basic profile has information available such as hair colour, eye colour, blood type and ethnicity. To some, this is sufficient in order to make their choice. Others like to know a little more and they can choose a donor with an extended profile. This includes information about interests, education, family, childhood photos, voice recording, a personal letter from the donor and more. This gives you a more detailed insight into who the donor is as a person.
Do you want to see photos of the sperm donor as an adult?
If you would like as much information about the donor as possible, you can choose to see photos of some of the sperm donors as an adult. This way, you get the full picture of the donor which may help you in the selection process. To know if this is a type of information you would like about your donor, you can browse the donor search on Cryos’ website. Accessing the donor search is free, only seeing adult photos costs a fee.
Should your child be able to contact the donor in the future?
One very important thing to consider when you select a sperm donor is if you would like your child to have the possibility to seek contact with the donor in the future. You can choose between Non-ID Release and ID Release donors. With a Non-ID Release donor, your child will never be able to receive more information about the donor. With an ID Release donor, your child will be able to get the donor’s name, date of birth and address provided to Cryos when he or she turns 18.
Remember to check the legal requirements in the country where you will receive treatment. Most countries have requirements regarding ID Release/Non-ID Release. You can also ask your clinic or contact us for advice.
Choose motility and type of sperm straw
When ordering donor sperm, you must also consider motility and type of straw. Motility is the number of sperm cells per millilitre. You can choose from 5 million and up to 30+ million sperm cells per millilitre.
The type of sperm straw means the level of preparation in the laboratory. You can choose either IUI (washed/prepared) or ICI (unwashed) sperm straws.
The choice mainly depends on the type of fertility treatment you will receive. Therefore, we advise you to ask your fertility clinic about which motility and type of sperm straw(s) you should choose for your treatment.
Consider reserving extra sperm straws for the entire treatment
One last consideration is to reserve sperm straws for your entire treatment. Often, it takes more than one treatment cycle to become pregnant. If you reserve sperm straws, you can be sure that there are enough straws available from your favourite donor to use.
You are welcome to get in touch with Cryos
We hope that you now feel a little more comfortable about how to select a sperm donor for fertility treatment. If you have any questions and need further guidance on your journey towards parenthood, you are welcome to get in touch with Cryos’ Customer Service Consultants. We speak 11 different languages.
Guest Blog by Eva Marie Keemink from Cryos