Open vs non-contact donors

Open vs non-contact anonymous sperm donors picture of frozen sperm straw

When an applicant is accepted as sperm donor, he may choose to be an anonymous donor or an open identity donor.

At European Sperm Bank we call anonymous donors non-contact donors, as Danish law states, that if we know the donor's blood type and education, he is not legally anonymous.

Children born from the sperm from our open identity sperm donors may, when they turn 18, apply to the European Sperm Bank to obtain contact with their donor. The contact cannot be obtained by anyone but the child and not before the child reaches the age of 18, and only upon the child's request.

Using sperm from open identity sperm donors is attractive to some parents who wish to provide a mean for their children conceived through donor sperm to learn more about their biological donors, should they wish to at some point in the future.

For anonymous / non-contact donors, the donor cannot be contacted by the recipient or the child.

Donor rights

Neither an anonymous / non-contact sperm donor nor an open identity sperm donor are allowed to receive information about the identity of the recipient or the child at any time. An anonymous / non-contact sperm donor or open identity sperm donor has no paternal rights to a child born as a result of treatment of a woman using his sperm. It is important to note that an open identity sperm donor, as well as an anonymous / non-contact donor, do not have any legal responsibilities for children born from their sperm.

Open vs non-contact anonymous sperm donors screening blood sample