As I watch myself dribble into a plastic cup, I feel a pang of disappointment. Because the plastic cup is wide and quite deep, my semen looks comparatively paltry and insignificant as it drips down the sides into a little pool at the bottom. I feel like I just let myself down. Even though this is only the first step in a long process that may or may not result in me being accepted as a sperm donor, it already feels like a mistake.
Most men, whether they'll admit it or not, have at least pondered becoming a sperm donor. After all, when money's tight, it's hard not to be tempted to get paid, and paid well, for doing something you're already doing on the all-too-regular. However, qualifying as a candidate requires a lot more than just a dexterous wrist and a Y chromosome. In fact, most guys have no clue how complex and selective the screening process is, not to mention what to prepare for when you become the anonymous father to dozens of children. We surveyed the practices of Cryos International , the world's largest sperm bank, to put together the essentials for you. Because for something this potentially life-altering, there's only one thing you should be doing solo. The cruel reality is that sperm banks are only in the market for man jam from the types of guys that potential parents would want contributing their DNA.
But the truth is that donating the most productive of my bodily fluids was nothing like what you might think. I decided last year that, not wanting to become a father myself, that it might be an act of philanthropy for me to donate my sperm to help another couple conceive. So I filled out a deceptively straight forward looking online form and headed to a sperm bank which shall remain nameless near Harley Street to become a donor.
Sperm donation is the provision or "donation" by a man known as a sperm donor of his sperm known as donor sperm , principally for it to be used in the artificial insemination of a woman or women who are not his sexual partners for the purpose of achieving a pregnancy. Sperm may be donated publicly and directly to the intended donor, or through a sperm bank or fertility clinic. Sperm donation enables a man to father a child for third-party women, and is therefore, categorized as a form of third party reproduction. Pregnancies are usually achieved by using donor sperm in assisted reproductive technology ART techniques which include artificial insemination either by intracervical insemination ICI or intrauterine insemination IUI in a clinic, or intravaginal insemination at home.