Sperm Bank FAQs

Sperm Bank FAQs

When an individual is thinking of donating to a sperm bank or obtaining sperm from a sperm bank he or she may have quite a few questions to which he or she will need to know the answers in order to make the most informed decisions. In order to make these decisions, an individual needs to have access to a good sperm bank FAQs sheet. The following information serves to fulfil this purpose.

How is donated sperm stored?

Frozen sperm is stored at extremely cold temperatures and is frozen gradually to afford the least amount of damage to the fewest possible sperm.

Is donated sperm safe?

Absolute safety cannot be guaranteed, but screening is regulated quite strictly by health organisations to afford the best possible safety measures.

Is a sperm donor given the right to remain anonymous?

In certain locations (including the UK), the child conceived can upon reaching the age of eighteen, ask about the identity of the donor and physical characteristics. There are no provisions for child support and anyone trying to attain such is acting illegally. The legal father of the child is considered to be the spouse of the birthing mother. There are no rights or duties in either case.

Where is the sperm collected?

The male can collect his sperm at the sperm bank normally, but if he lives within a close enough distance to be able to deposit the sperm at the sperm bank within a half an hour after ejaculation it can also be collected at home. He will deposit his ejaculate in a sterilised collection cup in either case.

Is fresh sperm available at a sperm bank?

No, and this is to reduce the risks of passing on any diseases that can take months to show up on tests. Sperm will be frozen and quarantined for a period of time while the male continues testing to be sure that he is free of any and all diseases and possibilities for birth defects.

Who can use a sperm bank?

Sperm banks are great for those that cannot have children due to infertility issues or for those that have cancer and do not want radiation to impair their semen,

How will a man's sperm be used?

Because there are so many sperm in ejaculate, the sample that the male gives can be used to produce up to ten families of children. Consent must be given to the amount of children that are allowed to be produced.

When an individual is thinking of donating to a sperm bank, or obtaining sperm from a sperm bank, he or she may have quite a few questions to which he or she will need to know the answers in order to make the most informed decisions. In order to make these decisions, an individual needs to have access to a good sperm bank FAQs sheet such as this. When preparing for the appointment be sure to not only have read these questions and answers but to also bring a list of one's own questions that may not have been covered here to ask the physician. It is best to be as well informed as possible.

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