Frequently asked questions

Below you can find answers to our most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us

Can I be anonymous?
According to UK-law, you cannot donate sperm anonymously. However, only children conceived as a result of your sperm will be allowed to contact you. European Sperm Bank will also know your identity. Read More 

What does it mean to be an open donor?
A donor child of an open donor is entitled to receive non-identifying information about their donor when they reach age 16 and identifying information about their donor from the age of 18. Read more 

Do you tell anyone that I am a donor?
No. Your identity is protected with us. Read more 

How often can I donate?
You can donate every 48 hours from your last ejaculation.

How often should I donate? 
We expect you to donate at least four times per month.

Am I compensated for my time? 
A donor can be compensated up to £420 per month. You get £35 for every approved donation, as regulated by the HFEA: £20 right away and £15 after the donation has been screened for STDs and approved. Learn more about compensation.

Is the money taxable? 
Yes. You receive your compensation in cash and anonymously, and you must report your income yourself.

How do I get started?  
Fill in our online application form to book your first appointment. Apply here

How old should you be?
Between 18 and 40 years old.

I have had sex with another man. Can I be a sperm donor?
Yes, you can.

What do you screen for?
We test blood and urine for STIs and some genetic disorders. Read more

How many children does a donor have? 
We oversee the number of pregnancies to comply with applicable legislation in the various countries. For example, a donor may provide children to no more than 10 families in the UK.

How long can I be a donor? 
We expect you to donate for at least 1 year. There is no maximum period, but most donors are active for about 2 years.

Can I become a donor, if I have had chlamydia?
Yes, if you are treated and cured.

I am an exchange student or foreign citizen. Can I become a donor? 
Yes, if you live in England for at least 1½ years from the time of application.

Do you have any physical requirements?
Besides a good health, no. Our donors represent all kinds of men with different backgrounds.

I am adopted. Can I become a donor? 
Unfortunately, we cannot accept you on our donor program, if you do not know your biological family’s medical history.

Can I have or get tattoos as a donor? 
Yes. We continuously test for STIs, e.g. hepatitis. Learn more about screening.

Where can I donate?
You can donate in Holborn, London, a stone’s throw from Chancery Lane. Find us here.

You are always welcome to email or call us, if you have any questions.

Phone: 020 3630 0147

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European Sperm Bank is located in Holborn, London.


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Take the first step to becoming a sperm donor at European Sperm Bank. Fill in the application form, and we will get in touch.

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If you are between the age of 18 and 40, healthy and meet the criteria, you can be a sperm donor. Find out more about the application process here:

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You are always welcome to visit us at our office in Holborn, London, a stone's throw from Chancery Lane Station.

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We make a difference for those who cannot have children on their own. At European Sperm Bank, we specialise in the collection, handling and distribution of donor sperm.

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