If your online application has been preliminarily accepted, you are invited into Phase 1 of our screening program.
You will be offered a Test Donation Appointment. We are looking for men with higher than average sperm counts. If your first Test Donation 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, the donor screening process will be described and a brief family history will be taken. You will be collecting another test donation at this appointment.
If your two test donations are acceptable (they are above average), you will be invited into Phase 2 of the screening program. If your test donations do not meet our minimum lab requirements, we will not be able to continue, and we thank you for your time.
It takes a man’s body 2-5 days to return to maximum motile sperm count after an ejaculation. For this reason, you need to have at least 3 days (72 hours) of abstinence before you provide each sperm sample during the screening process. If you do not have at least 3 days of abstinence, your sample will not meet the lab’s requirements for an acceptable sperm sample. More than 4 days of abstinence is not recommended. Once donors are accepted into the program, some may find that they can produce acceptable samples with 2 days of abstinence.
California Family Code states that sperm donors are not considered the legal fathers of any children conceived from their sperm. You have no legal or financial responsibilities for any offspring born from your sperm, nor do you have any parental rights. Furthermore, when you are approved as a donor, you will sign a contract that explicitly protects your privacy.
All donors are assigned numbers and any appointments, information, or testing is recorded with that number, never your name. Recipients will know only the donor’s number, medical history, and other non-identifying information you provide to us. If you call for information or want to make an appointment, remember to tell us your donor number.
If you become a donor at TSBC, you will be participating in the Identity-Release® Program. All donors are anonymous to recipients and their children. Donors in the Identity-Release® Program give donor-conceived adults (18 years or older) the option to learn their donor's identity. This program is not designed to create parental or family relationships between donors and offspring. Instead it is about providing information. Our research has found that donor-conceived individuals simply want to learn more about their donor as a way of exploring their own identity. We will give you more information on the Identity-Release® Program later in the screening process.
1) Risk Assessment Visit (60-90 minutes)
2) Return Visit
3) History Interview (1-2 hours)
4) Medical Director Review
5) Contract Signing