Find a Sperm Donor: Locating High Quality Donors

Sperm Donor Safety Precautions

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All of our anonymous sperm donors are recruited from local universities and colleges and are between the ages of 18 to 28. The majority of our sperm donors are undergraduate and graduate students, while some are professionals. Each of our sperm donors are voluntarily contributing their sperm to help infertile patients or single women have healthy children.

Our sperm donor requirements and testing are extremely strict and only the strongest candidates are accepted to the FCC sperm donor program. Less than 3% of the applicants that apply are accepted as contributing sperm donors.

FCC's Anonymous Sperm Donor Program

There are two different types of sperm donors. The first is an anonymous sperm donor in which a couple finds a sperm donor using a donor database.  They have no connection to the sperm donor and do not know their real identity. The second is a directed sperm donor program where a close friend or relative donates sperm for a couple. The anonymous sperm donor program at  the Fertility Center of California (FCC), Sperm Bank Inc. uses only the most exceptional quality of donor sperm for assisted reproductive procedures such as Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), Intracervical Insemination (ICI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). All of our sperm donors have passed a rigorous screening process before being added to our sperm donor database. Learn more about our sperm bank costs and fees.

FCC’s Open Sperm Donor Program

An Open ID donor is a type of sperm donor program that allows donor-conceived adults to request contact with their sperm donor. The method of contact can be either mediated (orchestrated and facilitated by FCC) or unmediated (donor and offspring contact each other directly) and will occur via a means of email, letter, or telephone call. The method, means, time and date will be mutually agreed upon by the donor and offspring. Only the offspring can submit a contact request and must complete and return a formal request packet to confirm their identity as well as that of their parents and any other documentation to confirm the donor code.

FCC will make every attempt to coordinate a meeting between the offspring and donor, but it is important to realize that there may be situations outside of FCC’s control that prevent the meeting from occurring. A donor may choose to deny the request for contact.

Sperm Donor Screening

Potential sperm donors possessing pleasant and acceptable physical features undergo extensive screening. This includes, but is not limited to, character and personality evaluation, genetic testing, fertility assessment, a physical examination and infectious disease testing. Genetic testing consists of a chromosomal analysis called karyotyping, which minimizes the risk of transmitting a known genetic disease. Once accepted into the sperm donor program, the health status of the applicant is continually re-assessed. Semen samples from screened sperm donors will be quarantined for a minimum of 180 days and released only after re-testing of the sperm donor for the required infectious disease screening.

Sperm Donor Tests

The following tests/screenings are performed initially on all sperm donors:

  • Background Check
  • Keirsey Personality Profile
  • Infectious diseases
    • HIV I / II Antibody
    • HTLV I / II Antibody
    • RPR (Syphilis)
    • Chlamydia (every three months)
    • Gonorrhea (every three months)
    • CMV (Cytomegalovirus) Antibody (IgM and IgG)
    • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
    • Hepatitis B Core Antibody
    • Hepatitis C Viral Antibody
  • General Wellness
    • Complete Blood Count
    • Physical by medical practitioner
  • American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommended Genetic Testing (ALL donors are tested for the following)
    • Chromosome Analysis (karyotyping)
    • Alpha-thalassemia
    • Beta-thalassemia
    • Bloom's Syndrome
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Canavan Disease
    • Dihydrolipoamide Dehydrogenase Deficiency
    • Familial Dysautonomia
    • Familial Hyperinsulinism
    • Fragile X Syndrome
    • Fanconi Anemia Type C
    • Gaucher Disease
    • Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1a
    • Hexosaminidase A Deficiency
    • Joubert Syndrome 2
    • Maple Syrup Urine Disease Type 1B
    • Mucolipidosis Type IV
    • Nemaline Myopathy
    • Niemann-Pick Disease Type A/B
    • Sickle Cell
    • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
    • Tay-Sachs disease
    • Usher Syndrome Type IF, III
    • Walker-Warburg Syndrome
  • Extended Genetic Testing (select donors are tested based on this additional criteria)
    • 283 conditions (including the 23 conditions listed in the ASRM recommended genetic tests)
      • For a list of all conditions tested for, please refer here:
      • To purchase vials from donors that have received extended genetic testing, you must sign an acknowledgement form
      • Extended genetic testing results are available to view at any time, however the results are most informative when the recipient is tested as well to rule out any overlapped conditions. For information on how to get yourself tested in order to find the donor of best fit based on your genetic profile, please call our office at 619-265-0102 (San Diego) or 714-730-3060 (Tustin)
  • Psychological assessments

Sperm Donor Vial Quality and Availability

Each premium vial from our sperm donors contains between 10-19.9 million motile sperm, and each platinum vials contain at least 20 million motile sperm upon thawing and prior to washing. This number may decrease significantly following manipulation such as a sperm wash or centrifugation. Please be aware that the availability of semen vials from a particular sperm donor changes daily. Therefore, we highly recommend that you reserve and pre-pay for as many sperm donor vials as necessary to achieve a pregnancy. Find a sperm donor by searching our database.

We Keep You Informed

At the Fertility Center of California we report any significant changes or new developments in a sperm donor’s medical history immediately to your physician. In addition to the extensive medical history provided in the donor profile, we are currently gathering data on each donor’s developmental milestones. This information will be available to recipients and their physicians as well.