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Common misconceptions about sperm donation

Written by Amrita K Flora

At the British Sperm Bank, we want to make sure that the sperm donor is as well informed about the process of donating sperm as possible. In this blog, we will discuss the common misconceptions about sperm donation and be as transparent and open about the process.

A maximum of 10 families can be created from donor sperm in the UK

The British Sperm Bank follow the HFEA law which states that donated sperm cannot be used to create more than 10 families. This may lead some people to believe that only 10 children can be created from the donor’s sperm. However, this is actually incorrect. Within the families that have already used the donor sperm, the families can use the donor sperm to give the donor child a sibling. This means that within the family there can be more than one child created from donor sperm.

While being a sperm donor, I am unable to engage in a sexual relationship

At the British Sperm Bank, we want to ensure that the quality of sperm is at its best. This is why we request you come into the clinic at intervals throughout the donation process and not back-to-back appointments. The same logic applies to sexual relationships. Engaging in sexual relationships is permitted, but before donating each sample, a specific period of abstinence is necessary, typically ranging from 3 to 5 days. Sexual relations with multiple partners is considered risky behaviour so donation would not be allowed in this instance.

The process of sperm donation is completely anonymous

Once the donor-conceived child has reached the age of 18 years old, they can

request the. donor’s full name, date of birth, town or district where they were born, and last known address. In terms of the donor finding out the identity of the donor-conceived child, they are unable to find out any information about the child which may reveal the identity of them. The donor can ask for basic information such as the number of children born, their gender and the year of birth.

Once you make a donation, you become a perpetual donor.

This is a myth. When you make a donation, your sample is thoroughly screened for any hereditary diseases to ensure good quality sperm. However, if you want to then donate again further down the line you will need to go through the same screening in order to requalify. This is to ensure that your health hasn’t deteriorated or you haven’t caught an STI during this time which may affect sperm quality.

This blog aimed to de-bunk the common misconceptions about sperm donation. Don’t let these myths stop you from considering donating sperm. If you have any other questions please contact us and we will be happy to help.


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