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5 Myths about Sperm Donation

January 30, 2020

There are a lot of myths about sperm donation, find out the truth!

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The rumors about sperm donation are endless. There are over 12 million results if you search “Sperm Donation” into Google. It can be difficult to decipher what the truth is. Below we discuss some common myths about sperm donation and then give you the facts.

1. Myth: It’s a one and done donation.


The Facts

  • Screening Donors will provide 3-4 semen samples over 3 weeks. They also have an on-site interview and additional screening through questionnaires.
  • Donors are screened to the highest standard for infectious diseases.
  • Once you’re accepted into the program donors typically collect once a week for 6 months.

2. Myth: Donated sperm only goes to infertile heterosexual couples.


The Facts

  • Same-sex couples and single women are increasingly turning to sperm donors to conceive children.
  • Fairfax Cryobank prides itself on serving LGBTQ+ families and working together to help their family dreams come true.

3. Myth: Once you donate, there will be numerous children with your DNA.


The Facts

  • Sperm banks limit the number of families a sperm donor’s sperm can be given to.
  • Fairfax stops distribution to new recipients once 25 families are reported domestically (an additional 15 internationally—international limits vary).

4. Myth: Recipients only want tall and fit men as their donor.


The Facts

  • Recipients typically look for donors that closely match their own characteristics or those of a partner.
  • Recipients feel more comfortable with a lot of choices.
  • Fairfax Cryobank has over 475 donors waiting to be chosen.

5. Myth: Anyone can walk off the street and donate their sperm.


The Facts

  • From medical, genetic, and infectious disease testing to psychological evaluations. Sperm donors are extensively screened before their specimen is released for recipients.
  • Less than 1% of donor applicants are accepted by Fairfax Cryobank. Learn more about donor screening here

Looking for more information on sperm donation? Visit our homepage to learn about Fairfax Cryobank’s screening program and some FAQs.

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