All you need to know
Of the hundreds of patients we treat each year, many will require the assistance of a sperm donor in order to fulfil their dreams of becoming parents. Donor sperm is required by heterosexual couples, single women and same sex couples alike.
At the Herts & Essex Fertility Centre we pride ourselves on having an in-house Donor Sperm Bank. We are constantly striving to increase the number of sperm donors, helping to provide our patients the very best choice when matching for their preferred characteristics. This is made possible by our commitment to our altruistic Sperm Donation and Sperm Sharing schemes.
All sperm donors undergo comprehensive medical screening prior to and following completion of their donation, as well as providing a full family medical history, verified and signed by their GP. Each donated sperm sample is frozen and quarantined for six months, and is then released for patient use following satisfactory re-screening. Available information for patients wishing to match themselves with a sperm donor includes hair and eye colour, height and physique, skin tone, blood group, race and religion, as well as educational background, occupation and interests.
Using donor sperm
Following an initial consultation with one of our fertility specialists, you will be seen by one of our Donor Sperm Coordinators to guide your next steps. Firstly, a characteristics form is completed to detail your own physical characteristics along with any partner, and your desired/preferred characteristics of the sperm donor. You will then be offered a choice of available donors based on your selection criteria.
For patients who require ethnic minority sperm or have very specific requests which may not be met by our in-house donor bank, we offer the option of purchasing sperm from other UK centres or even importing sperm from abroad.
We will guide you step-by-step in the provision of your sperm donor, offering a personalised and supportive service to make the process simple and stress-free as you embark on your treatment journey.
Your next steps
If you would like more information or would like to speak to our Donor Sperm Coordinators, please call our laboratory direct on 01992 78 50 75 or call Caroline or Sarah on 01992 78 50 65.