How do Sperm Banks Work?
For couples where the male partner does not produce sperm of a high enough quality and concentration to successfully fertilize the woman’s egg, there is another solution. Sperm banks collect sperm from men that are paid a fee. Requirements of the donor vary based upon the particular sperm bank but usually include certain specific requirements. The donor must be within a certain age grouping which is always under fifty years of age. The donor must also be in general good health and not have any major history of genetic health issues in family members of present and previous generations.
The sperm bank will test the donor before and after the sample is given to make certain that there are no STDs present. The donor will then choose to either make his contact information available or to remain anonymous. In either event the donor has already agreed to forfeit any parental rights to any children that result from his sperm donation. When visiting a sperm bank looking for donor sperm you will find a profile of the donor, a medical report of the donor, ethnicity and physical donor data, as well as a baby picture of the donor in some instances.