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Frequently asked questions

Below you can find answers to our most frequently asked questions – our FAQs. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to call us on +31 20 262 20 28 or email us at ams@donor.europeanspermbank.com

Anonymity

At European Sperm Bank, you cannot donate sperm anonymously. Children conceived as a result of your sperm will be allowed to get identifying information about you when they reach legal age.

As an open donor you consent to getting your ID disclosed to a donor child, if the donor child asks for it, when the child reaches legal of age. The age of the children and the type of information the child can get varies across countries.

No, your identity is protected with us. All contact takes place directly between you and us. Your personal data, if required, such as results of blood tests, may be sent to fertility clinics and competent national authorities.

Becoming a sperm donor

Fill in our online application form to book your first appointment.

You can donate in our Amsterdam facilities at Leidsestraat 32 B.

You can donate every 48 hours from your last ejaculation.

We ask you to donate at least four times per month.

We expect you to donate for at least 1 year. There is no maximum period, but most donors are active for about 2 years.

To be a sperm donor you must be between 18 and 45 years old.

The last possible day for donation is the day before turning 46. We expect you to donate for at least 1 year and with application time in mind, we do not accept applications if there is less than 18 months before turning 46. We are sorry for any inconvenience.

Yes, if you live in the Netherlands for at least 1½ years from the time of application.

We oversee the number of pregnancies to comply with applicable legislation in various countries. For example, a donor may provide children to no more than 25 families in the Netherlands.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept you on our donor program, if you do not know your biological family’s medical history.

Compensation

A donor can be compensated up to €560 per month. Following our initial screening tests, you will be compensated €40 for each donation. You will be compensated in two parts; €30 upfront when you produce your sample, and the remaining €10 once your sample is out of quarantine and cleared for use. Read more about "Why to be a sperm donor".

Yes. You receive your compensation by bank transfer and must report your income yourself.

Health

We test blood and urine for STIs and carry out comprehensive genetic screening.

Yes, if you are treated and cured.

Yes. We continuously test for STIs, e.g. hepatitis.

Besides good health, no. Our donors represent all kinds of men with different backgrounds.

Yes, you can become a sperm donor at European Sperm Bank if you have had sex with men.

Other

There are many reasons why you may not qualify as a sperm donor. Most commonly, the reason is that your sperm count does not meet our criteria. If you do not have an above-average sperm count, you cannot be a sperm donor. But there are also several other factors that may disqualify you from being accepted as a sperm donor. You cannot be a sperm donor, if:

  • Your sperm count is too low
  • You or someone in your family suffers from serious hereditary diseases
  • You are abusing anabolic steroids or drugs
  • You have a bleeding disorder or clotting disorder
  • You provide sexual services for money or drugs
  • You are infected with HIV or hepatitis B or C
  • You are or previously have been admitted as a donor at another sperm bank
  • You or your parents are adopted and thus do not have full knowledge of your biological origin.

Sperm donors have neither paternal nor legal obligations to any children that are the result of their donations. In other words, as a sperm donor, you will not pay child support to children conceived with your sperm. The same applies to the donor children, who have no legal claims to the donor.

According to the Dutch Society for Obstetrics & Gynecology. “National requirements for sperm donors. Specific requirements for sperm donors”:
“Sperm donors want to be sperm donors from a selfless point of view. Sperm donors are not the legal or social father of the child resulting from treatments with donor sperm. There is no family law relationship.”

You are always welcome to email, or phone us if you have any questions.