When should sperm donation be considered?

Sperm donation may be an option in the following situations:

  • Where a genetic abnormality carried by the male partner could be inherited
  • Following repeated failed ICSI/TESA cycles for suboptimal sperm quality
  • For same sex and single women who wish to become pregnant

Where does donor sperm come from?

 At present, we source all of our donor sperm from two sperm banks in Denmark:

What testing procedures do donors go through?

All donors have to go through a rigorous screening process. This includes:

  • A thorough interview where they will be questioned about their medical history, their family's medical history, and a detailed sexual history (number of sexual partners, history of sexually transmitted infections).
  • They also have to undergo a physical examination. This is to detect any abnormalities and also to assess risky lifestyle practices.
  • Blood tests are performed to detect:
    • Blood type and Rhesus status
    • HIV 1 and 2
    • HTVL 1 and 2 (Human T cell lymphotropic viruses)
    • Hepatitis B & C
    • Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections, Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
    • Chromosomal disorders

Semen and blood samples from the donor are tested at two different time points to make sure all results are accurate. Firstly they are tested when the man applies to become a donor. The samples are then frozen for 6 months and re-tested. It is only when the results of the second testing have been cleared that the man can become a donor.

For further information on screening and selection processes please refer to Cryos and European sperm Bank websites. For more help and advice please contact our Donor Co-ordinator Jennifer Culligan on:

+353 21 4865764


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