Using a sperm donor
CAN I CHOOSE THE SPERM DONOR MYSELF?
Yes, you can choose the sperm donor yourself on the Danish sperm bank website. Once you have chosen a donor, simply purchase the donor sperm online and ask the sperm bank to send it to us. We recommend that you wait until you have had an initial consultation with us before purchasing any donor sperm.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO SEE PHOTOS OF THE DONOR?
If you purchase donor sperm from the sperm banks yourself, then you can select a donor with an 'in-depth profile'. As a rule of thumb, you can usually see a baby photo of the donor. Some sperm banks allow you to see a photo of the donor as an adult.
DOES VITANOVA SELL DONOR SPERM?
Yes, but Vitanova does not work like a sperm bank. We buy all the donor sperm we use from Danish sperm banks. You cannot buy donor sperm with an 'in-depth profile' here at Vitanova.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN OPEN AND NON-CONTACT DONORS?
If you buy donor semen from a non-contact (anonymous) donor, then neither you nor your child will ever have the opportunity to contact the donor or receive detailed information about him.
If you buy semen from an open donor (with ID release), then the child may contact the sperm bank after they turn 18 years of age and receive more detailed information about the donor. It is important that you speak with the sperm bank about this before you purchase donor semen.
ARE DONORS TESTED FOR COMMUNICABLE DISEASES?
Yes, all donors are tested for communicable diseases, HIV and hepatitis before they can become approved by the sperm bank. In addition to the above, the donor is also tested for a number of hereditary diseases. You can read more about this on the sperm bank websites.
ARE DONORS TESTED FOR HEREDITARY DISEASES?
It is not possible to test a person for all hereditary diseases. That is why most sperm banks have chosen to test for the most common genetic disorders. The sperm bank websites indicate what tests a donor must undergo in order to be approved as a donor.
AM I GUARANTEED A PERFECTLY HEALTHY CHILD IF I USE DONOR SPERM?
No, unfortunately it is not possible to give such a guarantee. Neither when using donor semen, nor when using your partner's semen.
CAN I MEET THE DONOR?
Unfortunately this is not possible.
IS IT IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE A DONOR WHO HAS THE SAME BLOOD TYPE AS ME?
No, this has no bearing on the outcome of the process. If this is important to you, then you can contact the sperm banks and purchase donor semen with the blood type of your choice.