Be assured that our donor sperm is of the highest quality. Our extensive screening process means that only 5% of men who enquire about donating sperm are accepted onto our donor programme.

Sperm donors from The London Sperm Bank

All LSB donors are carefully selected according to the rules laid out by the British Andrology Society (BAS), the British Fertility Society (BFS) and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA). The laboratory processes involved in the storage of the sperm samples also comply with the EU Tissue Directive (EUTD).

Sperm donor criteria

Donors must fulfil all of the following requirements to become part of the donor programme at The London Sperm Bank:

  • Have high sperm quality, including count, motility and morphology
  • Be aged between 18 and 41 years
  • Be in good general health
  • Have no personal or familial history of inherited disorders
  • Be free of any caused by a sexually transmitted disease
  • Be fully informed of the HFE Act with regards to their ID being released if requested when offspring reach the age of 18 years
  • Be able to provide a copy of their passport or Driving Licence as proof of ID
  • Agree for their GP to be contacted
  • Be fully aware of the medical history of their parents, grandparents, siblings and any other close family members. If a donor is adopted or conceived as a result of donor insemination themselves, the LSB must have full access to the genetic parents medical history
  • Accept the strict rules of no payment for their donations (except for expenses)

The initial interview

The donor will attend the London Sperm Bank for an interview with one of our dedicated recruiters to establish his reasons for becoming a donor, and to ascertain his commitment to the programme. He will need to give his GP details and provide some recognised identification (such as a passport or driving licence).  

He will be asked about his age (donors must be between 18 and 41)and about his lifestyle choices, and his medical history (including family members). Donors with hereditary diseases and undesirable lifestyle choices are excluded from the programme.  The donor must also be in good physical and mental health.

Semen analysis and test freeze

Following the interview, the donor will be asked to provide a sperm sample, which will be analysed for its quality.  The sample is frozen and then thawed to check that it will survive the freezing process. Donor sperm must be of a quality high enough to be used for all fertility treatments including intra-uterine insemination (IUI) and IVF. 

Screening tests

During the next visit the donor will need to provide blood, semen and urine samples for extensive infectious screening tests.  Tests will include the following:

  • Hepatitis B 
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • CMV
  • Trichomonas
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Chlamydia

Genetic Screening Tests

  • Chromosome analysis
  • Complete blood count
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood group and Rhesus status
  • Cystic fibrosis

Depending on the ethnic origin of the donor, he may also be asked to complete some further tests such as Sickle Cell, Tay Sachs or Thalassemia.

Medical examination

Finally all our donors need to see a doctor for a physical examination, a review of their medical history and that of their close family. Donors are also offered counselling to discuss the implications of donating their sperm.  Implications counselling provides an emotionally safe place in which donors explore what donation involves and the lasting implications for them and those they are close to.  

Donor visits

Once the donor is accepted onto the programme, he will be asked to commence donations by visiting the donor bank up to twice a week to produce samples.  After each visit, the donor can claim expenses to a maximum of £35 but payments for their donations are not allowed.

Quarantine period

The donor sperm is then frozen and quarantined for six months. Following the quarantine period, the donor will repeat all of his screening blood tests to ensure that results are still normal. 

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