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Help others have the family they've always wanted.
Become a Sperm Donor.

BIPOC and men of all ethnicities are encouraged to join our group of thoughtful men who choose to become sperm donors for all the right reasons…

Am I Qualified?

Why Donate?

Help someone have the family they always wanted.

Help someone have the family they always wanted.

The Sperm Bank of California serves individuals and couples—LGBTQ+ and heterosexual — building their families with the help of sperm donors.

Recieve free, ongoing health screenings.

Receive free, ongoing health screenings.

Sperm donors are required by the FDA to undergo regular blood, urine and physical exams. These exams are provided to our donors free of charge.

Learn about your fertility and recieve genetic tests.

Learn about your fertility and receive genetic tests.

Sperm samples are evaluated for sperm count, shape and movement. Donors meet with a Genetic Counselor and have genetic screening.

Get paid for each ejaculate that meets the minimum sperm count

Get paid for each sample that meets the minimum sperm count.

Donors earn $140 for each acceptable sperm sample. Most donate once a week; some donate more often. Most donors earn $500-$700 per month.

Men of color can empower families of color by donating sperm.

Men of color can empower families of color by donating sperm.

People of color wanting to create families who share their ethnicities could use your help! Help build families for people of ALL ethnicities.

Earn $500 when you complete the exit blood test.

Earn $500 when you complete the exit blood test.

Six months after their final donation, donors return for an Exit Appointment for final blood and urine testing. They are paid $500 at this appointment.

How Does It Work?



Complete an Online

Fill out an online application completely and submit it. If your application is preliminarily accepted, you will be contacted by our Donor Coordinator by email to discuss the next steps...More »

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We will contact you to let you know whether or not  your application has been accepted. Please allow up to two weeks for an email response.

In order to comply with tissue bank licensing regulations, we cannot accept donor applicants who have been exposed to or infected with HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HTLV, syphilis, genital herpes, or genital warts.



Determine Your Eligibility

If your application is preliminarily accepted, you will be contacted by our Donor Coordinator to set up a Test Donation Appointment at our Berkeley location.  We are looking for men with higher than average sperm counts...More »

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If your first test donation (sperm sample) is found to meet the lab's minimum requirements, you will be invited to schedule an Intake Appointment to determine your eligibility to be a sperm donor.

At the Intake Appointment, you will meet with our Donor Coordinator who will describe the donor screening process in detail and take a brief family history. You will leave another sperm sample at this appointment.

If your two test donations meet our lab's minimum eligibility requirements (the sperm counts are above average), you will be invited into Phase 2, the Screening & Testing portion of the donor screening program.



Screening & Testing

During  Phase 2, donor applicants are expected to make once-a-week appointments in the lab to leave a sperm sample. When you visit our lab, you will provide a sperm sample by masturbating alone in a comfortable, private room...More »

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To have the best chance of providing an acceptable (high sperm count) sample, you need to abstain from ejaculating for 3 days (72 hours) before providing each sample. If you do not have at least 3 days of abstinence, your sperm sample will not meet the lab's requirements. More than 4 days of abstinence is not recommended. 

In addition to producing one sample a week, other steps during this phase include the following:

  • You will have lab appointments for STI testing and genetic carrier screening.

  • You will complete a detailed personal and family health history form which will be reviewed with you by a genetic counselor.

  • You will write a personal narrative and provide a baby photo.

  • You will have multiple interviews with our Healthworkers.

  • You will have a medical examination.

During this phase, check payments are provided at various steps. If you pass the Screening and Testing Phase and are approved to be a Program Donor, you will be paid retroactively for all of the acceptable sperm samples that you provided in Phase 2.



Contract Signing

If you are approved, you will sign a contract that commits you to our program for a period of six to 12 months. You will also commit to appointments at the sperm bank at least once a week. You may schedule more frequently if your schedule permits....More »

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At the time that you sign a contract with TSBC, we will pay you for the acceptable sperm samples that you provided during the Phase 2 screening period.

After that, you will be paid once a month for your acceptable sperm samples. As an approved Program Donor, you will have quarterly blood and urine tests and biannual physical exams, all of which are paid for by TSBC.



Exit STI Testing

In accordance with federal and state regulations, all TSBC Program Donors’ samples are quarantined for six months. You will be required to return to our office for a final blood test six months after your last collection appointment...More »

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Program donors receive a $500 bonus payment after the exit blood testing.

Am I Qualified?

We welcome men of all ethnicities and backgrounds as donors.
You are eligible to begin the donor screening process if you...

are between
20 and 39 years old
Can make a 6-12 month commitment
can make a
6-12 month
Live within 40 miles of our office
live within
40 miles of
our office
able to work legally in the United states
are able to
work legally in
the United States
can provide a family medical history
can provide a
family medical

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