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Did you know?

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    A sperm donor can’t just go into a clinic and give a one-off donation. Sperm donation is a relationship between a donor and a clinic which could mean a year between the first screening and the last blood test. It involves regular blood tests, screening and donations.

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    Abstinence and sperm donation don’t appear to go hand in hand but sperm donors aren’t allowed to ejaculate for two to three days before they donate.

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    HFEA-licensed clinics in the UK can only use frozen donor sperm. For health reasons, the fresh stuff is definitely not up for grabs.

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    Donor sperm is quarantined in the deep freeze for six months.

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    If someone you know is willing to be your donor then you can take them to a fertility clinic and ask to use them for fertility treatment. A known donor doesn’t have to mean a DIY job.

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    It’s not just the sperm donor himself who has to be fit and healthy. Other family members are investigated as well to rule out hereditary disorders.

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    It’s only a very special man who passes the rigorous donor assessment process. Unfortunately, the majority of kind and generous men who come forward to donate their sperm just don’t meet the criteria.

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    Many sperm donors wish they could talk more openly about it.