Share life

Becoming a sperm donor is the same as being a blood or organ donor – only instead of saving, you help create a new life – and a happy family.

Share life

Becoming a sperm donor is the same as being a blood or organ donor – only instead of saving, you help create a new life – and a happy family.

Donor Benefits

  • 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

You become a Donor, they become parents

Becoming a sperm donor is the same as being a blood or organ donor. Only instead of saving, you help create a new life – and a happy family.

Practically, being a sperm donor means helping a couple or a woman start a family and experience the unique feeling of motherhood and fatherhood. Being a donor means overcoming a dead end and giving hope.

With small steps and everyday actions you share your life. But you are also able to share it in a deeply meaningful way, giving the opportunity to create a whole, independent life.

If you recognize the social contribution to the decision of becoming a donor and are aware of your contribution, then we look forward to meeting you.

Participation in the sperm donation program is voluntary and is not remunerated (article 8 of law 3305/2005). Sperm donors are reimbursed only for the expenses related to the travel expenses and any positive damage for their presence in the Sperm Bank in order to collect the samples.

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.

Selection procedure of candidate donors

All candidate sperm donors are submitted to strict and detailed screening, including the following:

In an initial private meeting with the scientific directors of CRYOGONIA, the candidates are informed in detail about the steps of the procedure, the obligations and responsibilities they undertake, in case they are selected to participate in the sperm donation program. They answer questions regarding their personal and family profile, as well as the reasons that motivated them to express their interest to join the program.
The candidate donors are asked to complete an extended, multipage questionnaire, which requests details about their personal and family history, including social, medical, reproductive, sexual, psychological data. Furthermore, they submit their written, informed consent for their voluntary participation in the sperm donation program, declaring the truth and accuracy of the information they provide and also their commitment to collaborate exclusively with CRYOGONIA’s sperm donation program.

According to Greek law, in case a candidate donor is married, his wife’s written consent is also required.

The candidate donors are submitted to a physical examination by an urologist and an additional history taking, in order to evaluate their eligibility to join the program.
Based on history and specialized psychometric tests, a psychology specialist evaluates the candidates regarding the presence of indications of psychopathology and hereditary factors that would possibly reinforce the genetic predisposition for psychiatric disease.
Laboratory testing of prospective donors includes multiple spermatological and haematological tests:

Spermatological tests:

  1. Conventional parameters (sperm volume, number, motility, morphology, sperm viability)
  2. Functional parameters (acrosomal integrity test, sperm DNA integrity test, sperm redox potential test, etc.)
  3. Recovery test and longevity study after thawing
  4. Complete microbiological control

Blood tests:

  1. Blood type (ABO) / Rh
  2. Karyotypic profile
  3. Cystic fibrosis (includes 90-99% of detectable pathological mutations in the Greek population) (molecular control with NGS since June 2017)
  4. Mediterranean syndromes (type α, β, δβ and sickle cell anemia)
  5. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) (since June 2015)
  6. Sexually Transmitted 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 for freezing.
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.

Selection procedure of candidate donors

All candidate sperm donors are submitted to strict and detailed screening, including the following:

In an initial private meeting with the scientific directors of CRYOGONIA, the candidates are informed in detail about the steps of the procedure, the obligations and responsibilities they undertake, in case they are selected to participate in the sperm donation program. They answer questions regarding their personal and family profile, as well as the reasons that motivated them to express their interest to join the program.
The candidate donors are asked to complete an extended, multipage questionnaire, which requests details about their personal and family history, including social, medical, reproductive, sexual, psychological data. Furthermore, they submit their written, informed consent for their voluntary participation in the sperm donation program, declaring the truth and accuracy of the information they provide and also their commitment to collaborate exclusively with CRYOGONIA’s sperm donation program.

According to Greek law, in case a candidate donor is married, his wife’s written consent is also required.

The candidate donors are submitted to a physical examination by an urologist and an additional history taking, in order to evaluate their eligibility to join the program.
Based on history and specialized psychometric tests, a psychology specialist evaluates the candidates regarding the presence of indications of psychopathology and hereditary factors that would possibly reinforce the genetic predisposition for psychiatric disease.
Laboratory testing of prospective donors includes multiple spermatological and haematological tests:

Spermatological tests:

  1. Conventional parameters (sperm volume, number, motility, morphology, sperm viability)
  2. Functional parameters (acrosomal integrity test, sperm DNA integrity test, sperm redox potential test, etc.)
  3. Recovery test and longevity study after thawing
  4. Complete microbiological control

Blood tests:

  1. Blood type (ABO) / Rh
  2. Karyotypic profile
  3. Cystic fibrosis (includes 90-99% of detectable pathological mutations in the Greek population) (molecular control with NGS since June 2017)
  4. Mediterranean syndromes (type α, β, δβ and sickle cell anemia)
  5. Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) (since June 2015)
  6. Sexually Transmitted 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 for freezing.
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.

The procedure Step By Step:

1. Initial testing period requiring 3-5 visits which is completed in about 2 months, including:

  • interview
  • recording of personal history
  • psychological evaluation
  • semen analyses
  • blood tests for genetic and infectious diseases
  • clinical urological examination

2. Collection of samples intended for donation

3. Repeat testing every 3 months

4. Completion of the program with repeat testing 3 and 6 months after the final sample collection

If this is required for special reasons, the donor must refer to CRYGONIA for repeat tests or additional assessments.
All laboratory tests carried out during the program are FREE for the donor.

Duration of 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.

Legal facts

According to Greek law, the maximum number of children born after ART by use of donor semen is limited at ten (10) for each donor. The use of semen from the same donor is permitted additionally only from recipients who have already achieved birth of a child, in order to give birth to a biological sibling. In case the donor has fathered his own children, he is asked to report this to the Sperm Bank.

Repeated testing

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.

Anonymity

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.

Duration of 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.

Legal facts

According to Greek law, the maximum number of children born after ART by use of donor semen is limited at ten (10) for each donor. The use of semen from the same donor is permitted additionally only from recipients who have already achieved birth of a child, in order to give birth to a biological sibling. In case the donor has fathered his own children, he is asked to report this to the Sperm Bank.

Repeated testing

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.

Anonymity

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.

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