Choosing a sperm donor is an overwhelming process, not only for patients repeating the selection journey, but especially for new clients starting out. Searching for a sperm donor candidates involves support, time, and commitment from all parties involved. Just like the old adage “It takes a village to raise a child”, we believe that it also takes a very special group of committed people to support clients on their journey to creating their family. It is important for prospective patients to understand the evolution of the process, as well as seek out supportive and knowledgeable client representatives to assist them with their questions along the way. One common questions that is asked by clients is “Where do I begin when I want to search for sperm donor matches?” There is no one ‘right’ answer, however prospective clients will find, in most cases, there are several options available.
Prospective patients will likely start to research donors on a distributor’s website. There, they will find a description of the donor, which may include information such as a physical description of a donor, education and interests. From there, clients will be able to explore the donors that interest them, by reviewing more detailed information. Most distributors can assist you to connect to the sperm bank’s websites to read the donor’s in-depth profile and any photos that may be available.
Here are a few tips when starting the sperm donor selection process:
Find out what you need to know
Establish a relationship with your Fertility Doctor and clinic, and ask them questions about your treatment plans and any clinic requirements that you may need to consider when starting the donor selection process. If you don’t ask you, you won’t know!
Look at all of your options
Some sperm banks may have a larger variety of donors that meet your personal requirements. Do not be afraid to explore all of your options at the beginning, and then narrow down your choices as you go.
Pay attention to what stands out to you
Some clients like to read donor essays or audio files, while others might want to see an extensive family medical history, and yet others want to see as may donor photos as possible. Look for what you find resonates with you the most.
Know where you are now, and where you might go in the future
You may start with natural insemination cycles, but will your protocol change to medicated cycles, or invitro Fertilization (IVF) later on if needed? Do you want to have more than one child, or do you wish to see how things go, first? Since donors do not stay actively donating at a sperm bank forever (on average it is about one to three years) you will have to keep in mind that a donor can sell out at any time. You want to protect your future plans, thus it is important to find out as much as possible about the donor’s status when beginning the process. You may want to find purchase extra donor sperm vials and store them for future treatment cycles or future pregnancy attempts.
Look for value-added services
Look for distributors who offer Consultation Services with various customer support tiers, to best guide you on your journey to creating your family. The content may vary greatly, so please ensure that you do your homework to be aware of any differences so that you can work with a distributor that best suits your needs. You may be able to meet with a consultant in-person or via phone or SKYPE to discuss what you are looking for in a sperm donor. Some consultants may even provide to you donor profile matches to help expedite the donor selection process and remove some of the overwhelming feelings that come with reviewing copious amounts of donor profiles.
No matter which route a client chooses, they should feel confident that the distributor they work with can provide them with answers to their questions, and will go above and beyond to help them on the journey to creating their family. Outreach Health Services wishes you much success and comfort on your journey to creating your family!
Outreach Health Services has been importing and distributing donor sperm in Canada since 1999 and they are committed to providing excellent customer services to their clients. You can contact us any time with any questions on our toll-free number at 1-866-785-4709, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by contacting us through our website www.creatingcanadianfamilies.ca