Did you recently get a tattoo? Did you know it could prevent you from donating sperm?
While there is more demand for sperm donors than ever before, there are restrictions on who can donate sperm and who can’t:
So who can be a sperm donor?
Any man can apply to become a sperm donor with Semovo if you meet the established age and health criteria. Our typical sperm donor candidates are men with the following characteristics:
Already fathers: If you’re already a father, nothing is stopping you from helping others have children through sperm donation.
Are you gay or bisexual: You can donate sperm regardless of gender. You can become a sperm donor with Lenovo.
Students: Most of our sperm donors are students. You must be 18 years old to apply to become a sperm donor.
Single men: Even if they don’t yet have a family of their own, many single men donate to us because they want to help someone else have a family.
Older men: Older men are considered sperm donors as younger men. You can be a sperm donor until the age of 45.
Are you in a relationship or married: We see a lot of couples at our regional sperm donation clinics. Often teams have completed their family and want to give this gift to others. We encourage both of you to be part of the sperm donation process, especially to seek pre-donation counseling so you can be sure it’s the right decision for your relationship.
Who cannot be a sperm donor?
Many men who apply to be Semovo sperm donors are not accepted. The most common reasons for not donating sperm are:
You are too old: Male fertility takes much longer than female fertility, but there is still a 45-year age limit for sperm donation. Sperm quality declines as you age, and we must ensure we only offer the best sperm—the highest chance of pregnancy for those who use it to get pregnant.
Your medical history: Having a family history of an inherited or genetic disease means you cannot donate sperm because of the risk of passing an infection on to any born child. If you do not know or cannot learn your family’s medical history, this will also prevent you from becoming a sperm donor.
Failed screening tests: We regularly screen our sperm donors for the most common sexually transmitted infections and infectious diseases. If you test positive at any stage of the donation process, your sperm cannot be used.
Anonymity: If you are not satisfied that your identity is open to children conceived through your sperm, you cannot donate sperm. All children created by the donor have the right to request information about the sperm donor from the UK fertility regulator HFEA when they reach the age of 18. To become a sperm donor, you must acknowledge that your information is available and keep the HFEA up to date. With your contact information if these change over the years.
Your lifestyle: Lifestyle choices like binge drinking, smoking, and having a high BMI can affect your sperm quality, meaning it may be too weak to be used in fertility treatments. However, you can actively improve your sperm health through lifestyle and dietary choices.
Recent tattoo or piercing: There is no need to wait if a donor has recently had a tattoo or piercing done at a licensed center in the UK. If they had the tattoo done outside the UK or at an unlicensed center, there would be a waiting period of 3 months, after which they would need a blood test to confirm there was no infection.
Poor sperm quality: There aren’t as many men as you think have the right quality of sperm to be a sperm donor. If your sperm isn’t good enough to be donor sperm, it doesn’t mean you can’t conceive naturally or have fertility problems. Remember that donor sperm must withstand freezing and thawing and all the different fertility treatment processes and still be able to fertilize eggs successfully.