Sperm donors Change lives!!
Becoming a sperm donor is a simple process, and it means so much to the families we can help.
To be a donor you must be able to make regular visits to our donation clinics located in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Dunedin, and Christchurch.
We have both clinic and personal donors
- A clinic donor is recruited by the clinic to donate to someone they don't know personally.
- A personal donor is someone who is donating to someone they know. Often a friend or family member.
- More info: FAQ's or about personal sperm donors
To be a Clinic sperm donor you need to:
- be aged between 20 and 45 years
- have a good sperm sample (we will test this along the way)
- be a New Zealand resident
For Personal donors we recommend the same criteria, but depending on circumstances, you can be out of this range.
- Step 1 - Read the FAQ's and process info below the form - to help you understand what is involved.
- Step 2 – Fill in the online application form below. You will receive an email with detailed information about what's involved.
- Step 3 – One of our donor coordinators will contact you to arrange a phone call. They can then answer any questions you may have and arrange your first appointment.
Sperm Donor Application:
- Step 1 – Fill in the online form - thanks you have done this now and we will be in touch shortly.
- Step 2 – Checking your sperm and genetic health To look at sperm count, motility (movement) and the morphology (shape) of your sperm. We will also run a specialised test to check DNA fragmentation (quality). At the same time, we ask for a saliva sample for genetic screening. To check for inherited conditions.
- Step 3 – Medical and family questionnaire If your semen analysis is suitable for donation, we will send you a Medical and Family history questionnaire via email.
- Step 4 – Blood and urine test These tests check for infectious diseases. We will also check your blood group.
- Step 5 – Seeing a doctor and counsellor The doctor will discuss your results and perform a physical examination. The counsellor will discuss the implications of donation and cover the laws which govern sperm donation in New Zealand.
- Step 6 – Being accepted as a donor Our medical team will then review to confirm next steps. This might be sperm banking or not moving forward.
- Step 7 – Banking and paperwork, You will sign a Consent to Donate, complete a non-identifying profile that will become available to recipients, and start banking sperm.
- Step 8 – The final step is clearance screening tests followed by a 3 months quarantine prior to being available to recipients.
Read some real life sperm donor experiences here.
Good to know
- Sperm donors can find out what happens after donations have been allocated. This includes how many children are born and the gender.
- Legal aspects to being a donor - The following Acts are both relevant to donors:
- The Status of Children Amendment Act 1987: this clearly defines the legal status of the donor, the recipient woman’s partner, and the child when conception occurs as a result of donor insemination. The woman’s partner at the time of birth, whether by marriage, civil union, or de facto, is a legal parent of the child. Neither the child nor the donor has any rights or liabilities in relation to each other. The Status of Children Amendment Act 1987
- Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act (HART Act 2004) - you can find our fact sheet about the HART Act below here.