Becoming a Sperm Donor FAQ
As a sperm donor in Seattle Sperm Bank you will participate in helping childless people all over the world to create families. You will be assigned a donor number and an ID-card. You can donate on your own time schedule. Our clinic is open for receiving donations Monday to Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM, Saturdays from 9 AM to 3 PM. An average donor donates 6-10 approved specimens per month.
Q: How can I become a donor?
A: To become a donor you need to fill out the online application and then you will be contacted via e-mail to visit our lab for the first screening appointment.
Q: What will my first screening appointment entail?
A: You will come in to the lab to provide your first specimen, which is for analysis only. There will be a brief questionnaire to fill out (this should take no longer than 10 minutes). You will need to bring photo identification.
It is not required but you are welcome to bring a resume or CV with you to this appointment, as the additional information will help us to potentially match you to a family who has asked for a particular educational background from a donor.
Q: How much will I be compensated?
A: Once you are approved you will receive $60.00 per donation for specimens that meet the SSB quality standards. $40 is paid in cash when you generate the specimen. The remaining $20 is paid to you when the specimen has gone through the final approval.
Q: How often can I donate?
A: You are able to donate two to three times per week, depending on the quality of your specimens. We ask that you commit to an average of donating a minimum of one time per week.
Q: Why do I have to have a minimum of 48-72 hours of abstinence between every donation?
A: You need to have a minimum of 48-72 hours abstinence because this will provide the specimen with the highest/optimal sperm count. If the specimen is provided with less abstinence than 48 hours the sperm count will be decreased by varying percentages, and therefore may not be approved by the SSB quality standards (so you will not receive the remaining $20 payment per specimen).
Q: How long will it take for me to become an approved donor?
A: The entire process to become an approved donor takes 1-3 weeks. This process includes specimen screenings, genetic interviewing, physical examination by our Medical Director, urine specimens, and blood testing.
Q. Is there parking available?
A. There is free parking available in the underground garage that is attached to the building or in the University Village parking lot across the street.
Q. Why do I have to inform you of my height, weight, ethnicity, and occupation?
A. We distribute throughout the US and all over the world, including the European Union, Canada and Australia, so this information is important because we strive to provide a diverse donor catalogue. We have waiting lists of families looking for certain ethnic backgrounds (international exchange students from Japan, Russia, the Ukraine and The Czech Republic are particularly needed at this time) but all healthy men aged between 18-39 are welcome to apply.
Q. Why does the FDA prohibit men with a history of gay sex from becoming sperm or blood donors?
A. The FDA's position is that men with a history of gay sex (within the last 5 years) are a high risk group for sexually transmitted disease.