Using Donor Sperm

Bourn Hall has its own sperm bank, or can provide advice on how to use your own donor.

The legal implications of using donor sperm will be discussed, together with what is expected of donors, recipients and donor-conceived children. Counselling for recipients of donor sperm is also provided.

Sperm bank

Sperm is rigorously screened and only released for treatment after a quarantine period. In addition to Bourn Hall’s own sperm bank we collaborate with a network of high-quality sperm banks which can give access to a greater diversity of donors and help with the selection process.

Current British law allows a maximum of 10 families to be created from one donor. Each family may have one or more children.

At the time of treatment, non-identifying information of the donor will be provided, including a physical description, ethnic group, details of the screening tests and medical history. Other information that can also be given includes occupation, interests, a good will message and a pen portrait (a brief description of the donor as a person).

Once a child born as a result of donation reaches the age of 18 they can request identifying information about the donor from the Human Embryology and Fertilisation Authority (HFEA).

Known donor

Apart from receiving sperm from an anonymous donor, there is the option of using sperm from a known donor. The potential donor will be assessed using the same criteria applied to all donors. If they pass the necessary checks, they will be able to proceed with sperm storage. The sperm can be released for use after a quarantine period and passing the health checks.