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Become a Sperm Donor
If you are interested in becoming a sperm donor, we wish to thank you for this generous gesture. Filling out a sperm donor application and becoming a sperm donor with the Fertility Center of California, Sperm Bank Inc., is a simple process for qualified candidates. We make every attempt to ensure the confidentiality of this procedure and the anonymity of our sperm donors.
Our sperm donor program has been active since the 1980s and we are proud of the relationships we have built with our sperm donors. You will be well taken care of by our laboratory staff, who will explain the process step-by-step and answer any questions you may have. Before applying online to become an anonymous sperm donor with FCC, please make sure you meet the following requirements:
Applicants must be
- between the ages of 18 and 39
- actively pursuing or already earned a college degree
- sexual partners are exclusively female
- living in commuting distance to our San Diego office OR our Orange County office
- legally allowed to work in the US
- committing to the program for a minimum of 12 months
- donating 1-2 times a week
- practice abstinence from any type of ejaculation 3-4 days prior to collection
- completing a detailed questionnaire with medical and genetic history
- undergoing one physical examination every six months and blood/urine tests every three months
Note: All physical characteristics, such as height, weight, etc. are not relevant. Please contact our office if you have further questions about the application process.
FAQ about the Sperm Donor program
Q: What is the compensation for each collection?
A: Each passing collection will earn $60. Half of this amount will be paid on a monthly basis. Sperm donor specimens are held in quarantine for at least six months. After the quarantine period, the sperm donor must test negative or non-reactive for all required tests prior to releasing vials for clinical use. Once these specimens are released from quarantine, the other half of payment from each of those specimen days will be paid.
Q: How often is payment given and how?
A: A check is given at the beginning of the month.
Q: What things are tested for? Do I need to be fasting?
A: We test for infectious diseases, genetic diseases, chromosomal analysis, and a complete blood count. On initial evaluation, sperm donors must test negative or normal to the required tests. There is no fasting required, though being fully hydrated is a must for both the blood draw and the urine collection.
Q: How often are the tests performed?
A: The infectious disease tests are the only recurring tests; all other tests are performed prior to acceptance. A gonorrhea and Chlamydia test is performed every three months and all other FDA required infectious disease tests are performed every six months.
Q: How much do the days of abstinence really make a difference?
A: Greatly. We require 3-4 days of abstinence prior to a collection. Too few days generally means a lower sperm concentration and too many days means a higher amount of non-motile (not moving) sperm. Three to four days is the best balance between the two extremes.
Q: What happens if I need to break my contract early?
A: So long as there is open communication with the donor coordinators, we may negotiate the length of your contract.
Q: Do you accept active duty military?
A: Yes! So long as they meet all of the criteria.
Q: What does the application process entail?
A: Initially, we will perform a semen analysis to see if the potential donor meets our standards. Once that appointment is completed and the candidate passes, we will ask that he complete a long questionnaire that covers medical history and personal info. Once the questionnaire is completed, a physical and second semen analysis will be scheduled. Once all of the aforementioned tasks are completed and considered acceptable, the potential donor will undergo genetic, infectious disease testing, a background check, and an interview with one of our donor coordinators.
Q: What does being an Open donor entail?
A: An open donor commits to one contact with any adult offspring via mediated or unmediated means (such as phone call, email, letters).