Most fertilization treatments at the Ovumia Fertinova fertility clinic are carried out using the couple’s own gametes. Sometimes, however, the assistance of a voluntary gamete donor is required. The use of donor sperm makes it possible for many of those desiring a child to finally become parents. Many couples have undergone numerous psychologically and physically taxing fertility treatments which have not led to the desired outcome.
Would I make a suitable sperm donor?
You can donate sperm if you are 18-45 years old, you are healthy, and none of your close relatives has any genetic diseases. First, we determine if your sperm is of sufficiently high quality by doing a sperm analysis and test thaw. The results of the analysis and consultation with a doctor will also provide you with valuable information about factors influencing your fertility. All analyses and visits connected with the donation are free of charge to the donor.
Who requires donated sperm?
When investigating why a couple who have turned to fertility treatment have been unable to have children, it may turn out that sperm can not be found in the man’s semen. This is always a very serious situation which requires further testing.
In spite of the many additional tests and treatments, it may still not be possible to find sperm. In this case, the only recourse is to use donor sperm.
There may be many reasons for the lack of sperm. Sperm production can be influenced, for example, by genetic factors and many kinds of infections. Many environmental factors also affect sperm quality and may account for the lack of sperm. Sometimes the tests may fail to shed light on the reason for the lack of sperm.
Donor sperm is also required in the treatment of women without partners and female couples. For these women, it is essential that the sperm donor is a healthy man who voluntarily wants to help a woman without a partner or female couple who wish to have a child.
Why is sperm required?
The quality of sperm has generally fallen. Only good quality sperm can be used after being frozen in fertility treatments. In many fertility clinics, only sperm from foreign sperm banks is being used. At Ovumia, we operate our own sperm bank, and most of the sperm donors are Finnish. Sperm donor characteristics, such as skin color, hair color, eye color, and ethnic background, are key factors in donor and recipient selection.
Can I donate sperm even if I am not Finnish?
Yes, certainly. All healthy men who want to help a couple who wish to have a child are welcome to become donors. The matching of donors and recipients is determined on the basis of external factors (height, eye color, hair color, and skin color). Ovumia clients include couples with different ethnic backgrounds from both Finland and abroad. Consequently, we also require sperm donors with different ethnic backgrounds.
How is sperm donated?
- Initial contact with Ovumia Fertinova: a nurse carries out a short interview with the prospective donor (state of health, age, diseases of close relatives, etc.) and explains the donation process.
- Sperm analysis and test thaw: testing of sperm quality.
- Visit with a medical specialist.
- Consultation on sperm donation.
- Blood and urine tests: tests to preclude infections and chromosomal aberrations.
- Sperm donation: 5-10 visits to Ovumia Fertinova.
- The use of donated sperm in fertility treatments.
Can I change my mind?
Yes, donating is voluntary. You can withdraw from the donation process whenever you like without penalties and without providing a reason. A donor can place conditions on the use of his sperm.
Will I be paid for donating sperm?
Yes, you will be compensated for each time you donate. Compensation is in accordance with legislation in the country where the donation takes place. The greatest reward, however, is the knowledge that by donating sperm, you will be helping a couple wishing to have a child become parents at long last.
What does the law say about fertility treatment involving donor sperm?
In Finland, gamete donation is regulated by the Fertility Treatment Act (hedelmöityshoitolaki). All donors are entered in a registry. The Fertility Treatment Act stipulates that a child born with the aid of treatment relying on gamete donation has the right to know the identity of the donor after turning 18. The donor has no legal rights or obligations with respect to the child. The parents of the child are encouraged to speak openly with him or her about his or her origins. The parents of the child do not have a right to know the identity of the donor.
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