Sperm donation FAQ

Everything you need to know

What are the benefits of my participation in the programme?

  • FINANCIAL COMPENSATION for the costs of participation in the program (according to law 3305/2005)
  • FREE selected sperm and blood laboratory tests during participation in the programselected sperm and blood laboratory tests during participation in the program
  • FREE specialized genetic tests
  • FREE freezing and 5-year cryopreservation of a semen sample collected after the donor’s participation in the program and stored for personal use
  • ETHICAL SATISFACTION for an act of substantial assistance and social contribution

What are the requirements for partitipation?

  • Age 19-35 years.
  • Residence in Athens for one year from the start of the program.
  • Personal and family history free of infectious, genetic or hereditary diseases.
  • High risk groups excluded.
  • Consistent participation and obligatory completion of the program.
  • Good health.
  • Regular visits to CRYOGONIA for the collection of specimens, requiring sexual abstinence of 3-4 days.
  • Exclusive collaboration with CRYOGONIA.

What is the duration of the assessment?

The total duration of the initial screening is approximately 2 months. The qualified candidates are accepted to initiate the Sperm Donation program and commence their visits to the Sperm Bank, in order to collect the designated number of semen samples. The seminological and blood tests detecting the presence of sexually transmitted diseases are repeated every trimester and the frozen semen samples are released only after a minimum of 6 month quarantine, provided the test results are negative.

How are the donors tested?

Laboratory testing of prospective donors includes multiple seminological and haematological tests:

Seminological tests:

  1. Conventional parameters (semen volume, sperm count, motility, morphology, vitality)
  2. Functional parameters (acrosome integrity test, sperm DNA integrity test, semen redox potential test, etc.)
  3. Recovery test and longevity study post thaw
  4. Complete microbiological screening

Hematological tests:

  1. Blood type (ABO) / Rh
  2. Karyotypic profile
  3. Cystic fibrosis (includes 90-99% of detectable pathological mutations in the Greek population) (molecular testing with NGS since June 2017)
  4. Mediterranean syndromes (type α, β, δβ and sickle cell anaemia)
  5. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) (since June 2015)
  6. Sexually Transmissible Diseases (HIV I / II, HbsAg, anti-HCV, anti-HTLV, CMV, VDRL)

Only the candidates whose semen quality exceeds the reference values of internationally recognized methodologies are selected.
Due to the seasonal variations observed in semen, it is possible that a candidate donor is asked to deliver 2 or 3 control samples, in order to certify whether his semen quality meets the selection criteria.

There is also a possibility that neat semen of good quality might not be adequately recovered post thaw. Since sperm donation requires only frozen semen, the selection obviously includes only samples that produce good recovery of motile spermatozoa after thawing.

All laboratory tests are performed free of charge for the donors.

Is repeated testing mandatory?

Once the donor semen samples’ collection is completed, the donor is obliged to return to the Sperm Bank for repeated laboratory testing within 3 and 6 months’ time and/or in case this is necessary for special reasons. Any change of personal contact details, i.e. address, phone number, must be reported to the Sperm Bank by the donor.

Regarding donor anonymity

According to Greek law, sperm donation in Greece is anonymous. Therefore, the identity of the donor shall not be disclosed to the recipient. Neither will the identity of the recipient or the identity of the child or children born as a result of the attempted assisted reproduction method shall ever be disclosed to the donor of the genetic material.

Medical information regarding the donor are kept under complete secrecy in codified form in the Cryopreservation Bank and in the national registry of donors and recipients that must be kept by the National Authority for Medically Assisted Reproduction. Access to this file is allowed only to the child and solely for reasons relevant to his/her health.

How is sperm donor anonymity preserved?

Medical information regarding the sperm donor is kept with absolute secrecy and in codified form in the Sperm Bank, as well as in the national registry of donors and recipients, which must be kept by the National Authority for Medically Assisted Reproduction. Access to this file is allowed only to the child born by ART using donor sperm and solely for reasons relevant to his/her health. The identity of the donor shall not be disclosed to the recipient of the genetic material. Neither will the identity of the recipient or the child or children born as a result of the attempted assisted reproduction method ever be disclosed to the donor of the genetic material.

Birth records

According to Greek law, the maximum number of children born from the same donor is restricted to ten (10), unless a recipient family who has already given birth to a child, wishes to have a sibling by use of the same donor’s sample.

In case of successful birth, the recipients expressly undertake the responsibility to inform CRYOGONIA in order to update the donor’s records.

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