Eligibility to become a Sperm Donor
- Age between 21 and 42 years
- Anybody who is in good physical and mental health and a good character background, we encourage people from different races, ethnicities and professional backgrounds, to maintain a culturally rich and diverse database for couples to choose from
- Free of medical disability and without a family history of inherited or genetic disorder(s)
- Free from medical diseases and sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
Reasons for not being able to accept a potential sperm donor
Men who are 42 or older cannot be accepted as sperm donors because there is evidence to suggest that genetic abnormalities are more common with older fathers. Although the risk is relatively small, the present scientific belief is that it is still too great a risk for those undergoing DI (Donor Insemination) treatment and for any children born from donated sperm.
BabyQuest usually accepts donors who are educated and are in good physical and mental health. Only the best and fittest would be selected by the system as we follow stringent procedures for sperm sampling and analysis, as well as psychosomatic analysis to detect and screen people with potential issues.
If the results of analysis and clinical tests of your semen and blood are positive for certain infectious diseases, or if your pre- freeze/post-thaw sperm quality is not as per accepted criteria, you would not be enrolled as a sperm donor.
People can donate only if a clear family and medical history available, which is generally difficult in case of persons who have been adopted themselves. It is necessary to examine their family history for evidence of inherited disorders that could be passed on to any children born using donor samples, although we also conduct screening for genetic disorders as a routine, stringent practice.
Because some birth defects (e.g. spina bifida, cleft palate, hare lip) and serious diseases (e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, schizophrenia, asthma and haemophilia) are genetically linked, it is not possible to accept as a donor, any individual, where there is a family history of these conditions.
Becoming a sperm donor involves a regular commitment over several months, as well as being able to keep in touch with the centre for about one year. We would not generally accept a person as a donor who cannot make this commitment.