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How to Qualify as a Sperm Donor
Do I Qualify?
We welcome men of all ethnicities and backgrounds as donors. You are eligible to start the donor screening process if you meet the following requirements:
- You are between the ages of 20 and 39 and are at least 5 feet 7 inches
- You are able to make a one-year commitment to the program (equals 2 semesters for students)
- You are a high school graduate and live within 25 miles of our downtown office
- You can work legally in the United States
- You can provide medical information about both sides of your biological family
[Read more about the importance of family health history]
- You can visit us at least once a week, during business hours
- You have no chronic health problems
- You have completed or are pursuing a college degree
In order to comply with tissue bank licensing regulations, we cannot accept donor applicants who have been exposed to or infected with HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HTLV, syphilis, genital herpes, or genital warts.
The Donor Screening Process
In order to become a donor, you will need to complete the screening steps outlined below.
STEP ONE: Application
Complete our online application. We will contact you to let you know whether or not your application has been accepted. Please allow up to 2 weeks for a response.
STEP TWO: Phase 1: Determining your eligibility
If your application is preliminarily accepted, you will be contacted by our Donor Coordinator to set up a Test Donation Appointment at our Berkeley location. We are looking for men with higher than average sperm counts.
If your first test donation (sperm sample) is found to meet the lab's minimum requirements, you will be invited to schedule an Intake Appointment to determine your eligibility to be a sperm donor.
At the Intake Appointment, you will meet with our Donor Coordinator who will describe the donor screening process in detail and take a brief family history. You will leave another sperm sample at this appointment.
If your two test donations meet our lab's minimum eligibility requirements (the sperm counts are above average), you will be invited into Phase 2, the Screening & Testing portion of the donor screening process.
STEP THREE: Phase 2: Screening & Testing
During Phase 2, donor applicants are expected to make once-a-week appointments in the lab to leave a sperm sample. When you visit our lab, you will provide a sperm sample by masturbating alone in a comfortable, private room. To have the best chance of providing an acceptable (high sperm count) sample, you need to abstain from ejaculating for 3 days (72 hours) before providing each sample. If you do not have at least 3 days of abstinence, your sperm sample will not meet the lab's requirements. More than 4 days of abstinence is not recommended.
In addition to producing one sample a week, other steps during this phase include the following:
- You will have lab appointments for STD testing and screening for genetic diseases.
- You will complete a detailed personal and family health history form which will be reviewed with you by a genetic counselor. [Read more about the importance of family health history]
- You will write a personal narrative and provide a baby photo.
- You will have multiple interviews with our Healthworkers.
- You will have a medical examination.
During this phase, check payments are provided at various steps. If you pass the screening and testing phase and are approved to be a program donor, you will be paid retroactively for all of the acceptable sperm samples that you provided in Phase 2. Read More
STEP FOUR: Contract Signing
If you are approved, you will sign a contract that commits you to our program for a period of six months to one year (although this is somewhat flexible). You will also commit to visiting the sperm bank at least once a week. You may schedule more frequently if your schedule permits. At the time that you sign a contract, we will pay you for the acceptable sperm samples that you provided during the Phase 2 screening period. After that, you will be paid monthly for your acceptable sperm samples. As an approved program donor, you will have quarterly blood and urine tests and biannual physical exams, all of which are paid for by TSBC.
STEP FIVE: Exit STD Testing
In accordance with federal and state regulations, all TSBC program donors’ samples are quarantined for 6 months. You will be required to return to our offices for a final blood test 6 months after your last collection appointment. Program donors receive a $500 bonus payment after the exit blood testing.
California Family Code states that sperm donors are not considered the legal fathers of any children conceived from their sperm when donated through a sperm donation program. You have no legal or financial responsibilities for any offspring born from your sperm donations through TSBC, nor do you have any parental rights. Furthermore, when you are approved as a donor, you will sign a contract that explicitly protects your privacy.