Deciding between Basic and Extended Donor Profile
When you are searching for the right sperm donor for you, you should consider whether your donor should have a basic donor profile or an extended donor profile. You make this choice in combination with deciding whether the sperm donor should be anonymous or non-anonymous. A donor can have a Basic Profile and be either an Anonymous Donor or a Non-anonymous Donor, or he can have an Extended Profile and be either anonymous or non-anonymous. This means that the type of profile (basic or extended) is not an indicator of whether the donor is anonymous or non-anonymous. But what does it mean, then? You might ask. Get the answer in this post where we guide you through the difference between a basic and an extended donor profile.
What is a basic donor profile?
A sperm donor with a Basic Profile at Cryos is registered with a number such as 456, 8756, 11250 etc. In a Basic Profile, you can access basic information about the donor’s race, ethnicity, eye colour, hair colour, height, weight and blood type. Often, you can also get information about the donor’s education and occupation. The Basic Profile is simple and contains no child photos, voice recording etc.
What is an extended donor profile?
Sperm donors who choose to have an extended donor profile are at Cryos registered with a fictional name/alias such as ERIK, IB, PER, OLUF, SVEND etc. The extended donor profile contains the same information as the Basic Profile but it also consists of 5-6 pages of personal information about the donor which the donor has provided himself. The Extended Profile gives you an idea of who the donor is as a person. It includes information about his education, family background, personality, hobbies and interests. Additional information includes child photos of the donor, an emotional intelligence (EQ) profile, a handwritten message and a voice recording.
How do I choose between a basic and an extended donor profile?
The choice between a Basic and an Extended Profile is individual and very complex. But there are two questions you could ask yourself to ease the process of making the decision:
- How much do I/we want to know about the sperm donor as a person?
- How much do I/we want my/our future child to know about its genetic origin?
If your answers to these questions are ‘As much as possible’, you should probably choose a donor with an extended donor profile. By choosing a donor with an Extended Profile, you can get just enough information to imagine who the donor is as a person. You can also look at the donor’s child photos and in that way maybe find a donor who looks like yourself or your partner as a child. The Extended Profile is often (but far from always) chosen by single women or same-sex couples who have an explicit wish for their child to know about its genetic origin.
If you, on the other hand, want to know as little as possible about your sperm donor, you should probably choose a donor with a Basic Profile. By making this choice, you will simply get the most essential information about the donor, and this may be enough for you. The Basic Profile is often chosen by heterosexual couples, but again, it depends. People can have all kinds of personal reasons for choosing a sperm donor with either a basic or an extended donor profile.
Choose what feels right for you
The choice is yours, and most importantly you should choose on the basis of what feels right for you!
Note that if you are going to be inseminated at a fertility clinic, you should make sure that the clinic is allowed to treat you with the type of donor you want (before buying the sperm) according to the legislation in the country. The legislation varies from country to country. In some countries, you can choose both profile types, but in some countries, clinics are only allowed to inseminate with sperm from Anonymous Donors. In other countries, they are only allowed to inseminate with sperm from Non-anonymous Donors. Ask your clinic or Cryos’ Customer Service if you are in doubt.
Do you want to connect and talk with like-minded?
Cryos have a Facebook group called ’Family Dreams’, and we would like to invite you to join the community. In the group, you can connect and talk with like-minded people about everything from fertility and donor sperm to treatment and of course your family dreams. Find the group here.