Sperm Donation Programme

This is well established in Assisted conception treatment having been in use for more than one hundred years.

In the UK more than 1,300 children were delivered between 1997-98 through this method of treatment.

Sperm donation is useful in the following group of patients:

  • A couple wishes to have a child, the female partner appears to be fertile but husband or the male partner has either a very poor sperm or no sperm in his semen.
  • A couple wishes to have a child, but there is a risk that the husband or male partner may pass on an inherited disease such as haemophilia and Duchene's muscular dystrophy.
  • If the female partner is Rhesus (Rh) sensitised and the male partner is Rh positive (severe Rhesus incompatibility)
  • The husband or male partner has an incurable sexually transmitted disease such as HIV.

At Nordica Lagos, both the donor and recipient couples are adequately counselled, screened, matched and made aware of the psychological, moral and legal implications of sperm donation before they are accepted into the program.

Sperm donors are healthy men of normal intelligence with no history of mental disorders, genetic or inherited diseases. Aged between 18 and 45 years; preferably should have had healthy children of their own.

Donors undergo complete physical and genital examination including checking for urethra discharge, warts and ulcers - Donors will not be accepted if any of these is present.

All prospective donors are screened for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. Their blood group and Rhesus factor will also be determined. All donor sperm are frozen and stored for a minimum period of six months (quarantined) so that retesting for infectious diseases particularly HIV can be carried out before the sperm sample is used. It is however essential to note that no screening program can be totally guaranteed and there is always a small risk of infection and genetic diseases.

Information to prospective sperm donors

  • All prospective donors will be offered adequate counselling, but they are not obliged to accept it.
  • Sperm donor must renounce all rights to them.
  • Sperm donor should know that their identity and that of the recipients would not be disclosed.
  • Donor sperm will not normally be used once the number of children believed to have been born from them has reached ten, in order to decrease the chance of offspring intermarriage.

If you are interested in this programme or you need more information, please call the clinic or the sperm donation information line 08033961907 or email us: donor@nordicalagos.com



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