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Sperm donation at TFP Fertility UK

Could you help people to fulfil their dream of becoming a family by donating your sperm?

Sperm donation offers people who otherwise couldn’t conceive, the chance to have the baby they’ve always wanted.

Sperm through a microscope

Why donate your sperm at TFP Fertility UK?

A sperm donation can be a life changing gift.  

You may know someone who has experienced fertility issues or requires a donor to start a much-wanted family, so understand the difference it can make when they are given the chance to have a baby.  

Your donation could help families, couples, and single people unable to have children for reasons such as: 

  • men who can’t produce sperm because of a medical condition 

  • couples who have a hereditary condition 

  • single women 

  • same sex couples 

At TFP Fertility UK, we’re an established and highly regulated group of fertility clinics.  

Every day we help create families, many of which would not be possible without high quality sperm donors.  

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Start your donation journey

Give someone the chance to have the child they've always wanted. The process is easy and discreet. Simply fill in your details to find out if you could be a sperm donor with us.


Who can donate sperm?

To become a sperm donor, you need to fulfil the criteria set out by the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).  

This includes: 

  • Being male and between the ages of 18 and 45 

  • Be willing to be screened for medical conditions 

  • Having no known serious medical disability or family history of hereditary disorders 

  • Knowing (or able to find out) your immediate family medical history – children, siblings, parents, and grandparents 

  • Agreeing to be registered with the HFEA as a donor 

  • Only donating to the TFP Donor Bank 

  • Not putting yourself at risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) 

  • Not knowingly omitting any relevant information which could affect the health of any children born as a result of your donation 

  • Making a commitment to weekly appointments over a three-month period 

Donor sperm needs to be strong and of excellent quality to help achieve a successful pregnancy.  

Because of this, only a small percentage of potential donors will be eligible to donate. 

There are many reasons why you might not be able to become a sperm donor, and it may have nothing to do with your own fertility.  

We’ll fully explain the reasons to you and give you any information or advice you may need.

How much are you paid for donating sperm?

In the UK, it’s illegal to pay sperm donors more than their reasonable expenses.  

You can receive up to £35 per clinic visit to cover these.  

You may be paid more if your expenses for travel, accommodation or childcare are higher, but your clinic team will require receipts for expenses incurred above the £35 threshold.  

If you’re not a permanent UK resident, your expenses will be covered in the same way as a UK resident.  

We are unable to pay overseas travel expenses. 

A lump sum is paid to you at the end of the donation process and is calculated based on how many appointments you’ve attended. 

Check your eligibility to become a sperm donor by completing our online form. Our donor bank team will be in touch to answer any questions you have. Apply now!

Your anonymity and legal rights

It’s not possible to donate sperm anonymously in the UK.  

Children born through sperm donation can obtain non-identifying information about their donor at the age of 16 and identifying information at the age of 18.  

They may only obtain identifying information at 16 if they’re getting married so need to know.  

At 18, they can obtain last known contact details (email, phone number, and address) but it’s up to the donor to update HFEA if any of these details change. 

This may make you feel uneasy about making a sperm donation.  

Our expert counsellors can discuss this with you and help you feel reassured that you’re making the right decision for you. 

If you donate through an HFEA-licensed UK fertility clinic such as TFP Fertility UK, you don’t have any legal rights or responsibilities to children conceived from your donation.  

You have no rights over how the child will be raised, and no financial obligations. 

Making the right decision

We understand that donating your sperm is an important decision and it must be right for you. We want you to feel comfortable and valued.  

Our experienced counsellors are on hand to help support you at any point before and after your donation.  

It’s mandatory that all donors attend at least one counselling session to talk confidentially and help think through all the implications of your decision and how it could affect you and your family in future. 

And be assured, you can change your mind at any time up to the point your sperm is used in someone’s treatment.  

It’s imperative that you inform us as soon as you make this decision though, as sperm may have been sent to multiple clinics.

Sperm donor

How to become a sperm donor

1. Complete our online form

Fill out our application form which asks for your contact details and some basic questions about you.

2. We’ll contact you

Should your application be successful, our dedicated donor bank team will contact you, listen to any concerns and answer your questions.  

We’ll also send you a sperm donation information pack. 

3. Screening questionnaires

We’ll ask you to complete both a medical and genetic questionnaire that will be checked by our clinician team.

4. Semen analysis

We’ll invite you to come in and see us so that we can discuss the process with you in more detail and check your sperm meets the criteria for donation.  

Your sample will be tested to ensure it can withstand the freezing and thawing process.

5. Consultation and counselling

Donating your sperm is an important decision.  

To ensure it is the right decision for you we’ll arrange a consultation with a doctor and invite you to speak to one of our experienced counsellors.

6. Screening and testing

To help us identify any medical conditions, you’ll be asked to attend a screening appointment, when we’ll take bloods to carry out a genetic profile, as well as screening for viral and bacterial infections.  

A urine sample will also be required.  

All your results will then be reviewed, and if everything’s OK, we’ll let you know you’ve been accepted as an active donor.  

7. Consent appointment

At this appointment, legalities and process are discussed so you’re fully informed.  

It also allows you to place any restrictions on your donations, such as who can use your samples/how many families etc.  

This is usually carried out during some of the screening.

8. Donating

You can begin to donate. We’ll arrange a repeat appointment once a week at your nearest TFP Fertility clinic over 3-4 months.  

We understand you have commitments so your appointments will be at a time to suit you.  

They take place in our private andrology rooms, and we’ll ensure you’re as comfortable as possible.  

During this time repeat screenings will take place if your donations exceed a three-month period. 

9. Sign off

You’re now a TFP donor!  

You’ll receive your expenses, and your non-identifying donor characteristics will be available to recipients so you can help to create new families. 

Father kissing his son while holding him

Start your donation journey

Give someone the chance to have the child they've always wanted. The process is easy and discreet. Simply fill in your details to find out if you could be a sperm donor with us.

What happens afterwards

Understandably you may want to find out if your sperm donation has helped someone have a child.  

Your donated sperm can be used to create a maximum of 10 families, with no limits on the number of children born within each family. 

Typically, sperm donors create 5 to 10 families with 1 or 2 children in each family. You can set a limit for this if you wish. 

If you want to find out if your sperm donation has been successful, you can contact your clinic directly or ask for this information on the HFEA website. 

You can request information on:  

  • The number of children born 

  • Their gender 

  • Their year of birth

You won’t be given any information that could reveal the identity of the child/children. 


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