When we hear about a semen bank, the first thing that comes to mind is that it is a place that stores sperm. Ok, but what is its functionality? For those who do not understand the subject it may sound strange, but in fact the semen bank helps many women and couples to fulfill their dream of having a child. In addition to this function, the semen bank is also responsible for storing human sperm for future use, in the case of men who will undergo a surgical procedure, are undergoing cancer treatment or because they simply decided to store it in case they want to have a child in the future. For men undergoing cancer treatment, after chemotherapy sessions their fertility may not return to normal, so storing their sperm in the semen bank is an alternative to having children in the future.
There were few semen bank units in the world, which has been expanding more and more. Currently we can easily find it in several locations and even on the internet, such as the online semen bank. Each of them inform their rules and procedures ranging from total anonymity to allowing the donor and the couple to have contact. For the donor it is considered a voluntary act, as long as no amount is charged in return or for its performance. In Brazil, the sale of semen is prohibited , unlike the USA, which has commercialized it. However, in Brazil we can find several ads of “possible donors” offering to help couples or women, but the utmost care must be taken with these ads, so as not to fall into scams or even acquire contaminated material.
How to be a donor?
To be a donor, it is necessary to be between 18 and 45 years old, not to have genetic diseases, to be healthy and not to belong to any risk group for STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases) and to be available to perform all the necessary exams and make the collections. In exchange for the donation, the donor receives the result of all his exams , among them complete spermogram, serological exams, sperm culture, karyotype and blood typing exam, in addition to complete follow-up with the urologist.
The semen bank, in addition to storing sperm, offers services for preparing semen for the fertilization process, freezing semen for future use, conducting a complete sperm test and the voluntary donation program and supplying voluntary donor semen for assisted reproduction.
Semen Bank Questions
When a couple who are unable to have a child by natural methods because the man is totally sterile and seeks help from clinics specializing in assisted reproduction and IVF, semen bank services are offered. Upon registration, all information is requested, which must contain what they are looking for in the donor. A catalog of information about donors is given to the couple, where they are informed of ethnicity, age, hair color, eye color, weight, height, blood type, profession and hobbies, precisely so that each information is linked to the characteristics of the future father. In the event of compatibility, the appropriate semen was found and can be used to perform the chosen procedure.
All donors undergo rigorous evaluation tests and are rigorously tested against genetic and communicable diseases. The couple will only have access to the donation through clinics and doctors specialized in artificial insemination or IVF and linked to the semen bank. There is no possibility of private purchase at the semen bank, as shown in some films for example. The same procedure applies to single women undergoing assisted reproduction.
Who Else Can Receive Semen Donation?
Semen donation can also be used to fulfill the dream of being parents, of gay couples, whether they are two women or two men considered infertile. After verifying the information and characteristics of the chosen donor, you will be informed that it is not possible to meet the donor in the future. Anonymity ensures that the child does not suffer from family disorders in the future, suffering comparisons with the “biological father” and does not have information to search for him in the future.
The stored samples do not have a validity period and can remain in the semen bank for an indefinite period, either for donation or for future use. The rates and values depend on the contracted service and the semen bank as well as the procedure and collection of each clinic. The results after treatment are monitored by the specialist doctor you trust and may be successful in the first implantation or some attempts are necessary.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.