Sperm Donor Screening Process

Sperm Donor Qualification in Summary

After approval of your application and acceptance of your semen analysis and freezing results, the remaining steps in the process to become a fully qualified sperm donor will take approximately 2 to 3 months. During this period, we will continue to analyze your specimens and you will interview with several staff members.

You will have various laboratory tests, including infectious disease screening and genetic testing. In order to assist us in the evaluation of your personal and family medical history, you will be asked specific and detailed questions regarding you and your family members’ health and well-being.

The Details:

Step 1 - Potential Sperm Donor Contact

After you have submitted your online sperm donor application and it has been accepted, you will be contacted to schedule an appointment at the branch location nearest you. If you want to find out if you would qualify for our screening program, please fill out our sperm donor application.

Step 2 - Potential Sperm Donor Process

At this appointment, you will be asked to complete a donor application and to collect your first semen specimen in a private collection room. Compensation is not provided for this specimen as it is only used for analysis. We will contact you, normally within 3 days, with the results of the laboratory analysis and the review of your application.

Step 3 - Conditionally Qualified Sperm Donor Process

Once your application is accepted, you will be asked to make your next appointment. This is the first of (on average) four appointments you will have during this stage of the qualification process.

At this next appointment, you will be assigned a donor number and you will receive an orientation to the sperm donor program. You will review your donor profile, the document that provides information on you and your family members and is used to assess your family medical history. You will also provide 3 photographs of yourself as a child at this time.

During the qualification process, you will have a general physical examination performed by our physician. You will meet with our genetic counselor to review and discuss the information in your donor profile. During this process you may provide semen donations, and you will be compensated for all acceptable donations.

All laboratory testing, including the genetic screening and physical examination, are free of charge to you. Any identifying information collected is strictly confidential and is never released without your written consent.

For more information regarding sperm donor confidentiality, please refer to our policy on donor anonymity. Upon completion of these activities and with the approval of our medical director, you will become a member of a very special group...a fully qualified sperm donor for California Cryobank!

Step 4 - Qualified Sperm Donor Process

Congratulations! You may now customize your own donation schedule. We request that you donate 2-3 times a week.

Your blood will be drawn approximately every three months to provide for required infectious disease testing.

Step 5 - Retired Sperm Donor Process

When you retire from the donor program, we require that you return 6 months following your last donation for one last required infectious disease testing. Special compensation is provided for this last visit.