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Here’s 10 interesting facts about donor sperm

Have you ever wondered how a sperm bank stores the donor sperm? And what washed sperm means? Here you can learn 10 facts about donor sperm.

How is donor sperm stored?

Cryos stores sperm in secured tanks with liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees. Some people ask us if they can store sperm in their own freezer… Unfortunately, a freezer is only -18 degrees and therefore far from cold enough for sperm cells to survive.    

Who uses a donor to become pregnant?

There are three main groups of people who use a donor to start a family; heterosexual couples with fertility problems, lesbian couples and an increasing number of single women.

What is the difference between washed and unwashed sperm?

Washed sperm is prepared in a laboratory. A laboratory technician removes the ejaculate fluids and adds a cryo-preservative before freezing the sperm. Washed sperm is also called IUI-ready. Unwashed sperm, on the other hand, contains all the natural fluids that are present in a man’s ejaculate. What type of donor sperm to use is dependent on the fertility treatment method and the fertility clinic’s preference.

What is the difference between a Non-ID Release and an ID Release donor?

Sperm donors decide if they want to be Non-ID Release or ID Release Donor. If you buy donor sperm from a Non-ID Release donor, your child will never be able to know the identity of the sperm donor. If you buy donor sperm from an ID Release donor, on the other hand, your child will have the option to receive identifying information about the sperm donor when the child turns 18.

How much sperm is enough for a pregnancy?

If you are having IUI treatment, Cryos recommend you use 1 MOT 10 (or higher) sperm straw. However, the amount of sperm you need for pregnancy is depended on the treatment method and your fertility clinic’s preference. You can read more about our recommendations here. 

Who can become a donor?

Men of all ethnicities and races can become sperm donors. However, all donors must be physically and mentally healthy and go through an extensive screening program before being accepted and start donating at Cryos. For example, applicants with a family history of serious hereditary mental or physical diseases cannot become sperm donors. 

What is the age limit for sperm donors?

Donors at Cryos must be between 18 and 45 years of age. After the age of 45, men’s sperm quality starts to decrease. Therefore, there is an age limit to being a donor.

How much do sperm donors make?

Sperm donors get compensation for their time and transportation each time they donate. The amount is approximately 50 EUR for each donation.

Can you see a picture of your sperm donor?

You can see childhood photos of many of the sperm donors. Some of them even have photos of themselves as adults available as well. You can buy access to see adult photos in Cryos’ Donor Search.

Does a sperm donor have parental rights?

Donors do not have any parental rights for the donor children born with the help of his donations. Therefore, a donor will never be considered the legal father of the donor children.  

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