Author: London Sperm Bank
There are many myths surrounding sperm donation - some of them funny, some of them downright inaccurate.
Here, we are going to dispel some of the most popular myths...
Myth: Sperm donation is easy
Fact: Although it may seem like an easy proposition, the truth is the screening process for sperm donation is rigorous and less than 5% of the men attempting to become a sperm donor are successful. The screening process includes testing for STI's, genetic abnormalities and hereditary conditions and illnesses. Further, sperm must meet specific quality standards regarding sperm count, and both physical and psychological factors are considered. A donor must be over 18, able to provide their family’s medical health history and be able to commit to the program for up to six months. They must also be in good health.
Myth: Sperm count is constant
Fact: Many men believe their sperm count will be the same every time it is examined. Not so. A man’s sperm count can fluctuate depending on several factors. Illness, medication, and especially the time between ejaculations will have an effect on sperm count. Before making a sperm donation, a man will be requested to refrain from ejaculating for 3-5 days prior to the appointment.
Myth: Sperm donation pays good money
Fact: It's a myth! Many people seem to think you can make a fortune but that is simply not true. In the UK, Sperm donation is regulated by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), and they state that it is illegal in the UK to pay sperm donors more than reasonable expenses for their donations. Although there are banks outside of the UK that pay for donations, sperm donors in the UK can receive up to £35 per visit to the clinic as reimbursement.
Sperm donors must be altruistic first and foremost, with a strong desire to help others. Without sperm donation, many couples and single women would have no recourse to starting a family. Sperm donation is a very special gift to people struggling with reproductive issues.