To start, there really is no “perfect” sperm donor, but they come pretty close! When we are recruiting prospective sperm donors we are looking for many physical and personal characteristics that will be appealing to our patients. These traits are variable. When we screen these prospective sperm donors’ specimens, we are strict, precise and hold high standards.
Some Sperm Banks offer Donor Audio Interviews that provide insightful information into the donor's childhood, aspirations, accomplishments, values, family life, and personal interests in his own words.
Many women and couples consider asking a friend or relative to be their sperm donor. This is a possibility when there are fertility issues for the male partner or when there is no male partner involved in your family building experience.
Sperm donation has been used to create families for over 100 years, but in the last 20 years the attitude toward the practice has shifted from protecting the child from the nontraditional form of conception to advocating for a more open discussion between the donor, recipient and donor-conceived child.