Decision making and time investment are not always mutually exclusive. And, selecting a sperm donor is one of those things that should be deeply considered.
Throughout your selection process there are many tools that can assist your process, namely our Addam app which brings you closer to your baby with a mere swipe.
When it comes to selecting a sperm donor there are two options, a ‘clinic recruited’ donor or a ‘known’ donor. Both have their own merits but ultimately you need to weigh up which suits your needs the best. We have compiled the essentials into bite-sized lists for you to digest with ease.
Selecting a known donor can pose a challenge as acquaintances, friends or family members need to be comfortable with the concept of donating sperm. Some of the things that need to be deeply considered and addressed, may include:
- What role will the donor have in the pregnancy, birth and child’s life?
- Are they willing to donate more sperm for other children if required?
- Do they want to be known to the child?
- In the instance that the donor is partnered, what is the partner’s role in the arrangement?
- Is there a chance the sperm quality could be impacted by poor lifestyle choices among other things?
- Is the donor willing to undergo full medical tests and counselling?
All Addam app donors are clinic-recruited, meaning they have undergone an extensive and in-depth process ensuring the quality of the sperm. When selecting a clinic-recruited sperm donor, here are the things you should keep in mind:
- You have the ability to select donors with characteristics of importance to you
- Children conceived from donor sperm are entitled to access identifying information about the donor at the age of 18
- The donor has no legal right to the child
- The donor has undergone counselling and comprehends the consequences and legalities of becoming a donor
- The quality of the sperm has been screened to exclude any communicable or genetic diseases
- There’s a six-month quarantine period for the sperm donation which is followed by a further medical screening of the donor
- There is a threshold in place across Australia to limit the number of families that can be created using a single donor
Commonly, our patients select clinic-recruited donors as we have them on-demand through our app. If, however, using a known donor is the most suitable choice for you and your growing family, then we encourage you to contact our full-service parent brand City Fertility who we operate in partnership with.
After deciding she was ready to tackle parenthood one of our happy swipers, Simone, went through the process of choosing a donor and after deciding on a clinic-recruited sample she downloaded Addam App. She threw herself a party and swiped, matched and requested in the company of her mum and closest girlfriends in her quest to find her perfect sperm donor. While some may find it unconventional, Simone found the app and her party “the best way to do it” recommending it to others.
App users like Simone can swipe assured that the profiles on Addam are clinic-recruited and are subjected to rigorous counselling, screening and quarantine to comply with Australian standards.