Donate your sperm and give hope today
Did you know that one of the most common causes of infertility is a problem with the sperm? It can range from too few sperm, poor motility or abnormal sperm to simply none at all.
Despite the high number of couples needing infertility treatment using donor sperm, there is a growing shortage of sperm donors in the UK.
Your donation can make a world of difference for couples where there is a sperm disorder. You could be their only chance of starting a family.
We also use donated sperm to give single women and same-sex couples the chance to have a baby.
All screening tests and donation procedures are carried out at minimum disruption to you.
Although there is no cash payment for sperm donation, once accepted as a Manchester Fertility Services sperm donor you will receive £35 per donation as compensation, including expenses.
It's the greatest gift you can give. Will you help today?
Can you be a sperm donor?
Being a sperm donor isn't a five minute process. You need to be committed to be a donor with Manchester Fertility Services. You must be prepared to attend our clinic regularly for several months to donate.
To be a sperm donor at Manchester Fertility Services, you must:
- Be between the ages of 18 and 41
- Be willing to be screened for medical conditions
- Have no known serious medical disability or family history of hereditary disorders
- Know (or can find out) your immediate family medical history - children, siblings, parents and grandparents
- Agree to be registered with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority as a donor
- Only donate to Manchester Fertility Services
- Not put yourself at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Not knowingly omit any relevant information which could affect the health of any children born as a result of your donation
What's the sperm donation process?
Firstly, complete our online application form. If you're suitable, we will invite you to Manchester Fertility Services clinic at the Bridgewater Hospital, Manchester city centre, to discuss informally the implications of being a sperm donor with one of our team, including the fact that any children conceived using your sperm may choose to trace you once they turn 18. You will also need to produce a test semen sample.
If you're suitable to proceed, you will then see one of our consultants who will discuss your medical history and that of your family, perform a physical examination and take blood for viral and genetic screening. Screening tests are required to alert us to medical issues, including sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and specific hereditary conditions such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell and abnormal chromosomes.
If the screening results are acceptable, you will become a registered donor and can begin donating at Manchester Fertility Services.
You will be rescreened on several occasions throughout the donation process, and then a final time six months after the last sample was donated. This is so any stored spermcan be released for use. This helps ensure babies born from donated sperm are healthy and that there are no risks to the recipient.
Finding out if a baby has been born from your donation
Many donors like to find out if any babies have been born as a result of their donation. You are entitled to know if your donated sperm has been used successfully, including the number of children that have been born, whether they are boys or girls and the year of their birth. You will not be given any information which could lead to those children being identified.
Sperm donor anonymity - what children can know
The law was changed in 2005 so that all new HFEA-registered donors are potentially identifiable to any conceived children once they reach the age of 18. Until then, they only have access to non-identifying information, such as your height, weight, hair and eye colour. On your HFEA registration form, you will be asked to write a description of yourself, and this is often given to patients if a pregnancy is achieved using your donated sperm.
Apply today to become a sperm donor.
Or, if you've got more questions, visit our FAQs section.