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Occasionally in order for a pregnancy to occur a woman may need a sperm donor. The reasons to use a sperm donor vary. Perhaps your husband produces little to no sperm and a sperm donor is needed. Or a woman without a husband/male partner may wish to become pregnant - in both cases a sperm donor is necessary in order for pregnancy to occur.
A sperm donor is a man who donates his sperm to a sperm bank or directly to the doctor. He must go through a rigorous screening first in order to even qualify in most cases. Many of the sperm banks are strict as to which type of lifestyle they will accept - in example - they prefer not to accept someone who is at high risk for sexually transmitted diseases, or very promiscuous. The screening process may not be 100% the same in every clinic - however this is an average account of what may occur during a screening.
First and foremost the sperm donor must be physically healthy. A thorough medical and genetic history will be taken of over four generations. A complete physical examination will be given as well. A complete screen for his fertility is done before continuing the process of the sperm donor screening.
After the history and medical exam a series of blood tests are run.
ABO-Rh Typing CBCChlamydia Cytomegalovirus Gonorrhea Hepatitis B & CHIV HTLV-1 Liver & Chemistry Panel Mycoplasma/ureaplasma Syphilis
Each donor is tested for Tay Sachs and sickle cell (if indicated). Screenings for Thalassemia and the po...
Author: Lori Ramsey
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