What to know about becoming a sperm donor

What To Know About Becoming A Sperm Donor

Sperm donors are needed now more than ever. If you live in the Phoenix area, you can make a difference for waiting parents.

How To Get Started

Requirements for getting into the program include:

  • 18-39 years old
  • Any ethnicity
  • College students and working professionals are welcome
  • Commit to the program for at least 6 months.

A donor application can be completed online. The application will ask for your name, address, contact information, and a few questions about yourself such as height, weight, ethnicity, etc.

After completing the online application, potential donors can either schedule an in-person visit or stop by as a walk-in appointment. Either way, the first visit is a semen analysis.

The next steps in the application process are completing paperwork, medical screening, and lab work.

Staying Active In The Program

Donors are expected to donate at least once per week for at least six months. There is some flexibility to this if a donor takes some time off to enjoy holidays, go on vacation, or other reasons. Donors can spend 12 months or more in the program and are able to donate up to 3 times per week. Each donation is compensated at $100, so it starts to add up when donating more often. 

Benefits And Compensation

Active donors in the program are compensated up to $100 per donation. Other benefits to being in the program include:

  • Health Benefits
    • Donors get routine health physicals and STI tests. Donors also get genetic carrier screening for 502 different genetic conditions.
  • Flexible Scheduling
    • Donors can drop by and complete donations during any lab open hours. This is a great way to create balance, while earning additional income, with other time commitments.
  • Helping Individuals And Couples Become Parents
    • Sperm donors provide fertility options for people with infertility or who are missing a sperm source.

Retiring From The Program

After at least six months, donors can decide to retire from the program. Donated samples are held in quarantine for six months per FDA regulations and can only be released after final negative STI test results. Anyone retiring will be asked to give their final blood draw six months after their last donation.

Once a donor has left the program, they will receive a yearly questionnaire asking about any health updates that would be relevant to potential offspring.

Who Needs Sperm Donors?

Individuals and couples looking to become parents, but are missing a sperm source, rely on sperm donations for treatment options. This includes men who have infertility, lesbian and LGBTQIA couples, and single moms by choice.  People seeking to use sperm donation to meet their family-building goals come from all different backgrounds and are looking for different types of donors. It is important to note that we are looking for donors from all backgrounds to help support the families that need them.

What Do Our Donors Have To Say About The Program?

“I spend a lot of time working the gig economy (Lyft, Uber Eats, dog-walking, and grocery delivery). The donor program worked out great for me to get some extra spending money in between shifts! I also didn’t realize how needed donors are. I was happy to provide this blessing to couples in need.”

“I would absolutely recommend this program to others! My experiences with each staff member have always been professional and pleasant, and the ambiance of the office conveys comfort as one goes through what could be regarded as an inherently uncomfortable process. One also comes to recognize that they exist as part of a scientific institution that prides and respects the quality of its work, and I’m glad to be part of it.”

Hear more from donors who are in our program. Becoming a sperm donor is a worthwhile act and provides options for families. If you are considering joining, you can get started today with an online application. If you have any questions about the donor program reach out to our Donor Coordinator at 602-888-7255 or info@phoenixspermbank.com.