Become a Sperm Donor

Thank you for your interest in the NACB sperm donor program. We hope this information answers most of your questions about NACB and being a sperm donor. If you are interested in the NACB donor program, click here to provide us with your contact information.

Why Donate

Potential donors are screened, which includes a physical, infectious disease testing, and genetic analysis free of charge. NACB compensates men who have completed the pre-screening and qualify to become a donor. The qualification process usually requires around 4-6 weeks. In order to maintain an adequate inventory level of your sperm, a year’s supply is required. NACB donors donate at least once to twice a week (50 to 100 collections total). The majority of donors need a 72-hour period of abstinence to yield consistently acceptable semen samples.

In addition, every year approximately 75,000 American children are born as a result of donor insemination (DI). Those inseminations are performed by physicians when male factor infertility prevents a couple from conceiving with the partner’s sperm, or when women decide to have a child on their own. There are hundreds of thousands of people in the United States (millions worldwide) who want to have children and cannot. NACB provides them a viable option for realizing their dreams of creating a family.

Donor Confidentiality

NACB takes great care to protect your privacy. Our donor and patient agreements clearly protect and release donors from any obligations and rights to any child that results from the donor’s participation in our program. No identifying information is released to patients or offspring.

Donor Information Services

NACB provides physical, medical, and social information about a donor to the patient. Donors are described by physical traits (hair and eye color, height, weight, race, ethnic origin, skin tone, and blood type), social traits (education, occupation, hobbies, special interests and skills), and medical histories on him and his family. Donors provide a personal essay and physical and social information about their family. Donors must provide a childhood photograph to be shown to clients selecting a donor.

Donor Requirements

To qualify as a donor, you must be between the ages of 18 and 33, live in the general area of a NACB office, have an acceptable medical history, have high quality semen samples, and either be attending a college or university or have graduated with an Associates, Bachelors or Advanced Degree. Testing requires a sample of urine and blood. In addition, you must be able to provide a medical history of you and your blood relatives. Donors are re-evaluated through laboratory screening, medical history update and physical examinations twice a year. A donor who remains in good health can continue to participate until age 36, the recommended age for sperm donors according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and Health Canada.

Initial Interview

Each NACB donor is different, but all go through the same qualification procedure. This includes a thorough initial evaluation with periodic updates throughout the year. A donor candidate is interviewed by a trained counselor to gain insight about his personality, behavior and health.

At your initial interview, we will ask you to provide a completed health questionnaire which asks detailed questions about your health status and that of your parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, and any children you might have. Required information includes current health and any history including an extensive list of illnesses.

Semen Evaluation

Once the medical history is completed and considered acceptable, you will be asked to leave semen samples for evaluation. You must have at least 48 hours and up to 72 hours of abstinence before leaving a sample, so that our staff may adequately evaluate motility, sperm count, volume, and other factors that determine sample quality. Our donors must have higher-than- average sperm counts, since freezing impacts sample quality.

Our office is fully equipped with comfortable, clinical, and private donor rooms where donors collect semen via masturbation.

Laboratory Evaluation

Donors are required to provide urine and blood samples for disease testing. This is obtained at NACB at the time of one of your scheduled appointments.

Physical Exam

A comprehensive physical exam is the next step for the suitable candidate. We screen for visible physical abnormalities and evidence of infectious disease. Our medical director reviews all of the medical information.

The expertise of a board certified clinical geneticist may be used to clarify special situations. Medical and genetic issues, as well as sperm quality will “screen out” many of our candidates. Only after passing all of the evaluations does a candidate become a donor.

Donor Referrals

Many successful donors are referred to NACB by their friends or fellow students. Referrals can be an excellent source of revenue if you are comfortable talking with others about being a NACB donor. For every individual you refer who completes the application process and becomes an active donor at NACB, you receive a $100.00 referral fee.