Donation is an altruist and selfless act, in which young volunteers come to the centre periodically to bring their samples to the Bank, in order to help couples with infertility problems.

Sperm donation is a totally anonymous act, according to the Spanish legislation. Therefore, the donor and the recipient couple will only know general data, such as the blood groups, hair and eye colour, age… which will be provided by the centre.

Once the process is finished, the donor will be rewarded for the inconveniences and travel expenses, as well as for the time dedicated to the donation.

The requirements to become a donor are:

  • To be between the ages of 18 and 30 (in the case of our centre).
  • Not to present any infectious or genetic diseases.
  • To have a normal karyotype (chromosomal study).
  • Normal reproduction system.
  • To be in good physical and mental health.
  • Negative study for sexually transmitted diseases.
  • To have a semen of normal characteristics to become a donor.

What does the process consist of?

We start with an exhausted interview to collect personal and family information and to rule out any possible hereditary disease or other causes of exclusion from the donation program.

The medical team will study the questionnaire and, if everything is correct, will contact the candidate to carry out the relevant analysis and urological exploration.

A first semen sample is examined under a microscope, observing the quantity and motility of sperm. If the result is normal, a freezing test is performed in order to determine if 40% or more of sperm survive the freezing process.

If the spermogramme and the rest of the analysis are correct, the donor will be included in the donation program and a semen sample delivery routine will be established for a minimum of three months. After this period of time, the analysis will be repeated to verify if the donor is pathogen-free and, therefore, to confirm that the frozen samples can be used reliably.

At this point, he can stop from being a donor, if he wishes to do so.

Questions about donation

In which situations can the centre decide that a donor is no longer suitable?

  • When periodical analysis reveal any type of abnormality.
  • When semen quality, once tested, is not satisfactory or when after thawing the survival is not satisfactory.
  • When a donor has reached the number of live births resulting from their sperm established by law (a maximum of 6).

Which factors can affect the quality of the sample?

  • Sexual abstinence: It is recommended to maintain between 3 and 5 days of sexual abstinence when bringing samples to the centre.
  • The way to get the sample: It is important to collect the whole sample.
  • The stress, feverish conditions, taking certain medicines or certain living habits may compromise the quality of the sample. For that reason, it is recommended to adopt healthy life habits.
  • Urological pathologies.

If the donor is in one of these situations, he must communicate it to the centre.

How many samples do the donors have to bring?

Once the donation process has started, the donor is recommended to bring a sample every week for a period of approximately three months.

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