Choosing A Donor
- In the process of choosing your donor and have questions? See a summary of key factors to consider and why donor ethnicity matters.
- We update our Donor Catalog on an ongoing basis. Please check back frequently to see changes and updates. A donor you chose last month may not be available this month.
- If donor inventory is temporarily unavailable and you are already registered with us, we can put you on a notification list. This means we will email you when that donor has more vials available to purchase.
We encourage you to call us at least one month before your first planned insemination. We can help you navigate the registration process and help you purchase additional donor information. Please note that most of our donors only have washed (IUI-ready) sperm samples. These samples have been processed and are intrauterine insemination (IUI) ready, but it is perfectly safe and effective to use them for vaginal inseminations and IVF.
Donor Profiles, Information and Screening
We offer free donor profiles for each donor. These free profiles summarize each donor's medical and family history, and include their short personal narrative as well as a one page essay written about them by TSBC staff. We also have extended profiles for each donor and childhood photos for many of the donors. You can purchase the extended profiles and photos through the catalog by clicking on the individual donor card, then clicking the green "buy full profile" button and following the steps. They are $40 each (including extended profile and childhood photo, $15 if no photo available) and will be emailed to you. The free profiles are accessible at any time from the donor catalog.
We have the oldest, most thoroughly researched open donor program worldwide. Our Identity-Release® Program allows adult offspring the option to obtain identifying information about their donor. Donors participating in the Identity-Release® Program are designated on the catalog by a 'yes' in the column labeled Identity-Release® Program. Donors with a 'no' in this column are participating in our anonymous donation program. We now only accept new donors into our program as Identity-Release® donors.
We make every effort to provide inventory to families who wish to have more than one child using the same donor. However, we are unable to guarantee the availability of sibling inventory. If you are interested in sibling inventory please inquire with a phone counselor. You may also review our current sibling catalog. Please note: The only way to guarantee access to the same donor is to purchase vials.
We have a limit of no more than 10 families per donor. This is one of the lowest family limits nationally. Many sperm banks have limits of 20, 40 or more. A lower family limit means that many of our donors - particularly those in the Identity-Release® Program - sell out and reach family limit more quickly here than at other sperm banks. This can make our catalog look smaller. Also, because we charge comparable prices to other banks, fewer families per donor mean less revenue overall. Nevertheless, because we believe that lower family limits provide better outcomes for families, we choose to maintain a lower family limit per donor. When choosing a donor you can ask how close the donor is to reaching the Family Limit and ask about our policies regarding vial retention to maintain the limit.
Please note that the Yes or No for Pregnancies depends on how long the donor has been on the catalog as well as how many vials have been retrieved. It does not speak to the donor's ability to achieve pregnancies.
TSBC's Equity Policy
It is part of TSBC’s mission to find ways to provide equitable services, including access to reproductive options for our increasingly diverse community. For this reason, we have created our Equity Policy which includes reserving vials of certain donors to better assist TSBC recipients in their family creation efforts. Vial purchase restrictions may occur for a variety of reasons and on a case by case basis.
All donors receive genetic screening for Cystic Fibrosis carrier trait. All donors are tested by Hemoglobin Electrophoresis to screen for Sickle-cell and Thalassemia carrier status and identify other hemoglobin-related blood disorders. Donors of Jewish, French-Canadian, or Cajun descent also received genetic screening for Tay Sachs carrier trait. As of 2011, all new donors of Jewish descent are screened for a panel of carrier traits that have higher prevalence in their ethnic group. Read more about our genetic screening.