Here are some frequently asked questions about sperm donation.
Most doctors recommend ejaculating the sample through masturbation in a sterile cup. A private room is available for sperm collection. Sometimes, the sperm is collected directly from the testes via a medical procedure.
For a sufficient sperm count, the donor is asked to refrain from every sexual activity, including masturbation, for 2-3 days before the sperm donation.
Sperm must be preserved in specific lab conditions to make it viable for future use. It is frozen in liquid nitrogen at -196 degrees Celsius. The sperm samples are placed in small vials. These vials are kept in storage freezers containing liquid nitrogen.
The donor must bring the collected semen sample within an hour of ejaculation. Sperm does not have a long life outside the body in varying temperatures.
Here are frequently asked questions about Sperm Donors.
The ideal age to donate sperm is between 18 to 35 years of age, as this is the peak time for good sperm count. However, the maximum age is 40.
The donor is asked to give blood & urine samples, and he has to undergo a medical screening process to check the possibility of any infections or autoimmune diseases. These include HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis B, C, syphilis etc. They are also tested for genetic conditions like spinal muscular atrophy and cystic fibrosis. .
You must ensure that the sperm donor is tested for sexually transmitted diseases, genetic conditions, and communicable infectious diseases. Some parents expect their baby to have specific bodily features, including eye colour, height, etc. You can check the photo & other details of the donor in such a case.
A person has to give many samples before becoming an official sperm donor. These semen samples are tested for motility, count, and quality. A man is considered fertile if the sperm count is more than 16 million per mL of a semen sample.
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