Donor Story: “Sperm donation is life-changing”
Sperm Donation is a choice
For me, the experience of being a sperm donor was life-changing. Sperm donation is a choice you make for yourself. If anybody else has doubts about it – remember that it’s not about them.
In my experience, I feel that even partners shouldn’t necessarily have a say in it – simply because donating sperm is not going to affect them.
How you feel once you’ve donated
As I’m writing this, I know that a baby boy is born already thanks to my donations. He’s just a month old and they told me he’s healthy and well – and that’s all I need to know.
There are no words to explain how I feel right now because it’s not a common feeling, but is a mixture of happiness and pride and the thought that I’ve done something good.
I know that someday, somebody else will do this for me too as a gay man who wants babies of my own – so if I am not ready to do it first, how could I accept somebody else donating for me?
The first time you go to donate sperm, you may be nervous and uneasy about the process. But don’t worry, the first time is mainly to make sure you’re suitable for donation, and to check your sperm count is adequate for the job. The laboratory staff are very friendly and put you at ease.
it’s a commitment – but it’s worth it
It is a commitment, though. Put it on your calendar and make your peace with it: you are committing to a certain amount of minimum donations. You’re committing to regular screenings and blood tests (not that regular actually, more like ‘once in a while’).
The lab staff will give you all the flexibility you need with time schedules – if you can’t go one day, just book another slot another day. It’s simple, but still a commitment. I tried not to make this a completely honest review of the sperm donation process – in my case, I didn’t find barriers. If you want to donate, remember the reason behind it – and remember, it’s your choice.