Choosing a sperm donor can be a challenge, and the rewards of finding the right donor are numerous. There are a lot of things to consider when choosing a sperm donor, so it’s worth taking the time to fully research your options and identify your preferences.
Think About the Role of the Donor
The first thing to consider is what role you’d like the donor to play in the life of the child. Some people prefer to choose a donor who can continue to have some role throughout the child’s life, for example as an uncle or close family friend. For these people, choosing a known donor can work well, as long as both the couple’s and the donor’s preferences are clearly outlined prior to the donation.
The other option is to use sperm from a sperm bank. If you use sperm from a bank, you can choose either a completely anonymous donor, or a willing to be known donor. Willing to be known donors are willing to be contacted by the child once the child becomes an adult, if the child so wishes. Anonymous donors do not want to ever be identified, and there is no way for children to contact anonymous donors.
Make a List of Important Attributes
Once you decide what type of arrangement you’d prefer, the next step is to identify some of the attributes that are most important to you in a donor. Sperm banks carefully screen candidates for their physical and mental health, as well as their attitude towards donation, so those issues are not typically concerns. Some important things to consider include:
- Eye color
- Hair color
- Educational level
- Special talents
Finding a Sperm Bank
Once you identify what’s important to you in a sperm donor, it’s time to look for a sperm bank that has the resources to help you find a donor who will fully meet your needs. Advanced Fertility Services has helped many people start their family using donor sperm. To schedule your consultation today, please give us a call at (212) 369-8700 or click below and we will get right back to you.