There is a shortage of sperm donors nationwide! The Sperm Bank of California provides inclusive family building services to LGBTQ+ couples, single parents, and heterosexual couples. Most intended parents seek a donor who shares their heritage. We encourage men of all ethnic backgrounds to apply so we can assist families from all ethnic backgrounds.
Sperm donors are required by the FDA to undergo regular blood and urine testing for sexually transmitted infections, and also physical exams. All tests and exams are provided to our donors free of charge.
Sperm samples are evaluated for sperm count, shape and movement–factors that impact fertility. Donors are tested for recessive genetic conditions using an expanded carrier screening panels with hundreds of genes and meet with a Genetic Counselor to go over their family medical history and review the testing.
Donors earn $150 for each acceptable sperm sample, plus bonuses. Most donors donate once a week; some donate more often. Donors who make regular weekly or twice-weekly appointments can earn $700-$1200+ per month.
If moved forward to Screening & Testing, applicants are expected to make once-a-week appointments in the lab to leave a sperm sample along with completing the other steps.
Other steps during this phase include the following:
Medical screening: STI testing, genetic testing (expanded carrier screening), physical exam
Family medical history review: detailed personal and family health history form, review of medical history with a genetic counselor
Personal information: write a personal narrative, provide a baby photo, interviews with our team
Education about sperm donation: information and education sessions to ensure we answer all your questions so you can provide fully informed consent to participate
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.
If you are approved, you will sign a contract. Donors are expected to participate in the program for 6-18 months making 1-2 collection appointments 1-2 per week.
At the time that you sign a contract with TSBC, we will pay you for the acceptable sperm samples that you provided during the Phase 2 screening period.
Once the contract is signed, you will be paid once a month 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.
In accordance with federal and state regulations, all TSBC Program Donors’ samples are quarantined for six months. You will be required to return to our office for a final blood test six months after your last collection appointment. Program donors receive a $500 bonus payment after the exit blood testing.
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.
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