If you are a healthy, young male, and able to pass an intensive screening process, you can become a sperm donor. As a donor, you will be compensated and you will also help individuals that cannot produce a child on their own. The sperm donation process is quite involved and requires commitment and patience.
Selling your seed can net you up to a $1000 a month, but it’s not as easy or as fun as the media (or movies) makes it sound, and very few men actually qualify. You need to be in excellent health, have a clean medical background, be within a certain age, height and weight range, have a post secondary education, and be attractive (who determines that, we are not sure). You can’t use tobacco or another drugs (in any form), and can’t be a heavy drinker. You also need to be able to “deliver” an amount of sperm that is about twice that of what a typical guy produces. If you meet the rigorous requirements, theoretically, you could donate once every 24 hours but most sperm banks prefer variety and may not want large amounts of your sperm. We know you are special, but the world doesn’t need 200 of you. Compensation for your DNA can range from $35 to $100 depending on the size of the sperm bank, how much sperm you can produce in a single session, and how often you donate. Anonymous donors typically get paid less as well. An individual sperm, on average is worth about 0.00000033 cents each, but don’t worry, men produce anywhere from 40-600 million sperm per session.
Being a sperm donor takes two basic male desires — orgasms and money — and, in a seemingly "too good to be true" moment, combines them. That said, sperm banks hold to exceptionally high standards: The extensive, multilayered screening process eliminates about 95% of us.
Prepare to expose your family tree to a thorough, honest dissection, going back two generations. You'll be asked about tattoos, drug use, experimental sex, your grandma's TB, your uncle's alcoholism, and your mother's schizoid episodes.
If invited in, you'll be given a sterile cup and offered "aides" in the form of movies or magazines, or both; just don't count on a hand job from the hottie at the front desk. You'll be instructed not to use a lubricant, as it can contaminate the "specimen" (or load, or wad, whichever you care to call it). Your boys will then be tested for everything from the obvious (sperm count) to the unexpected (forward momentum), and that's just for starters.
If accepted as a donor, you'll earn between $50 to $200 per specimen. You'll be expected to rub one out into their cups two to three times per week and make a commitment to the program that lasts six months or longer depending on the policies of the clinic. Because they need a consistently potent specimen, you'll have to abstain from having an orgasm anywhere but at the clinic; and yes, they'll know if you're cheating on them.
Sperm banks can be found in almost every major city, but because of discretion, they aren't always easy to locate. You can try a Yellow Pages search for "sperm banks" in your area, or there are websites such as SpermBanker.com that operate as information clearing houses.
1. Determine if you are a viable candidate to donate sperm by meeting the basic requirements.
- You must be a healthy male between the ages of 20-40 (age range varies among facilities).
- You must be attending college or have graduated.
- You and your sexual partner must have no history of sexually transmitted diseases.
- You are required to make a commitment to stay in the area of the sperm donation clinic for 1 to 2 years and make up to 2 donations per week.
- Conditions that automatically disqualify candidates from donating sperm include hemophilia, HIV-positive status, intravenous needle use or a predisposition to certain genetic medical conditions.
- Candidates will also be disqualified if they were adopted, have had sex with another male, have engaged in intravenous needle use, or have smoked marijuana or used cocaine (past or present use).
- After meeting the initial requirements, continue to the screening process.
2. Schedule a screening appointment with your chosen clinic.
3. Attend your appointment. Be prepared to participate in any of the following events.
- Complete a thorough medical history questionnaire. Generational family history will be explored, as will your current and past health issues, if any.
- Provide a semen sample. The clinic will test the sperm for several different factors, including count, motility and viability. You may have to provide more than one sample.
- Submit to blood and urine tests. The clinic will evaluate for infectious diseases, genetic conditions, and perform blood typing.
- Receive a comprehensive physical examination.
4. Get your application approved.
Once you have been accepted into the clinic's donor program, you will be educated on the clinic's sperm collection process and the donation schedule. You will be compensated for each successful sperm donation. The sperm collection process, compensation fees and scheduling vary by clinic.
Who cannot be donors?
There are a number of reasons why a man cannot be accepted as a sperm donor. This is to minimize the risks of transmitting infection to those women inseminated with the donated sperm and to minimize the risk of transmitted common genetic diseases or malformations to any children born. Reasons for being unable to accept a man as a sperm donor include:
Because there is evidence to suggest that genetic abnormalities are more common with older fathers, most men who donate are under 40 years of age.
People who are adopted can donate only if there is availability of a family medical history. It is necessary to examine their family history for evidence of serious inherited disorders that could be passed on to any children born following DI.
Anyone who is sexually promiscuous is of increased risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection. Although each accepted donor is screened at the beginning and the end of the donation process, few clinics would risk taking on as a donor someone who may subsequently acquire an infection.
Certain medicines as well as recreational drugs can affect the production of sperm or in some cases damage sperm. Moreover, the use of some recreational drugs can lead to sexual promiscuity and the risks that this carries.
Because some birth defects (e.g. spina bifida, cleft palate, hare lip) and serious diseases (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, schizophrenia, asthma and hemophilia) are genetically linked, it is not possible to accept as a donor any individual where there is a family history of these conditions.
Becoming a sperm donor involves a regular commitment over several months, as well as being able to keep in touch with the center for about one year; a clinic would not normally be able to accept as a donor anyone who cannot make this commitment.
Because the number of children that can be born following the use of a donors sperm is regulated by law, a center would not accept as a donor an individual who has previously donated at another center.
- The screening process can take up to 6 weeks to complete.
- In some clinics, initial sperm donations are frozen and quarantined for an extended period. These donations are then retested for diseases. Once cleared, the donor will begin receiving compensation.
- Check with your clinic for sperm donation procedures. Some clinics require donations be made on-site, while others allow off-site collection. Off-site collections must be transported at body temperature and be received by the clinic within 1 hour of collection.
- No ejaculations are permitted for up to 5 days before scheduled sperm donations.
- No lubricants, saliva, water, or condoms are allowed during the sperm donation process. These items can kill sperm.
- Donors must sign contracts denouncing any parental responsibilities or contact with offspring that may result from their donation.
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