Sperm donor candidates complete a comprehensive medical questionnaire and participate in an in-depth interview with a set of questions aimed at identifying candidates with risk behaviors, symptoms of disease and family medical history. The medical exam also includes a background check.
In addition to this, we test the quality of the sperm and a thorough physical examination of the candidate is carried out by one of our healthcare professionals. Seasonal screening is also done for Zika, and donors will be deferred if they have visited any Zika-prone areas.
Sperm donor candidates are tested in accordance with the FDA guidance for infectious diseases. We also test for 7 genetic diseases. Candidates with a family history of serious hereditary mental and/or physical diseases are rejected. Donors are also screened for normal karyotype.
How we handle a discovered genetic condition in a donor or a child.
If a child is reported to have a discovered condition based off the genetic standing of the donor, the donor is then removed from the roster and put on hold during analysis and investigation.
Looking into the reported condition, if it is found that the donor might be the cause of the condition then the condition is registered on the donor’s files and summary of records whereas consent must be signed before using the genetic material of the donor.
If it is found that the donor is not the cause of the reported condition in the donor child, then the donor’s genetic material is released back onto the database for further use.
We understand the importance of a clear and concise donor process and work diligently to understand and meet the needs of every client.