Who are the donors?
At Cryos, we are proud to say that we have the world’s largest selection of sperm donors, but who are the men that choose to donate and how do we select them?
All donors at Cryos have gone through an extensive selection process to ensure that they are physically and psychologically fit to become sperm donors. In the following, you can read about the process of becoming a sperm donor and get an idea of who the Cryos donors are. You can also listen to three of our donors sharing their personal motivation for donating sperm.
How we select the sperm donors
Prior to becoming a Cryos sperm donor, the applicants go through an extensive selection process. In the end, only 5-10 % of the applicants are accepted as donors. Here, we have illustrated a simplified version of the process from the initial application to being accepted as a sperm donor:
- The donor candidate fills out an application form and sends it to Cryos
- The sperm quality is tested
- The donor candidate completes a medical and family history questionnaire
- Healthcare professionals review the questionnaire with the sperm donor candidate and perform a psychological evaluation
- The donor candidate undergoes a clinical examination and screening for infectious and hereditary diseases
- Finally, 5-10% of the donor candidates accepted as Cryos sperm donors
Who are the sperm donors?
The Cryos sperm donors are very different from each other. There is the 20-year-old student and the 40-year-old family man. All donors are between 18 and 45 years old. With regards to occupation, the donors are everything from a hard working IT consultant to a professional sportsman and the man who is having a break from work life while finding out what he wants to dedicate himself to.
Generally, our donors are Danish and reflect the population in Denmark. However, some of our donors are exchange students or working in Denmark for a period of time. This means that the Cryos donors are diverse and have many different ethnical backgrounds and phenotypes. You can search for race and ethnicity in the Donor Search to see the selection.
Henrik, Jacob and Thomas about their motivation for donating
Watch the video and learn more about Henrik’s decision to become a sperm donor and his thoughts about having his own children someday.
"I’m a donor because there are many people who can’t have children. I feel privileged that I’m healthy and well enough to help them. It’s a big deal for me, and I know it means a lot to those people that I can help"
- Henrik, 25 years old.
In the video, Jacob tells us about the benefits of being a sperm donor and the considerations he has made with regards to donor anonymity and the donor children who are born.
"I chose to become a sperm donor because I like the idea that I can help some people to achieve their dream. And I believe it’s a brilliant and beautiful thought, to think that I can provide the basis for a new life"
– Jacob, 26 years old.
In the video, you can listen to Thomas telling about his thoughts when making the final decision to become a donor. He also explains what he would say to other men who are considering becoming a sperm donor.
"I have children and have experienced the great joy you get from having children in your life. I thought that it was a small thing for me to do, if I could help people who couldn’t have children to have the same experiences. That was my motivation"
– Thomas, 42 years old.