There are many reasons a man chooses to donate his sperm, and he must undergo numerous health and background checks as part of the process. The thorough process will also bring to light any physical ailment that the donor may not be aware of.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires screenings to examine for infectious diseases and other risk factors from a potential donor. Additional screenings may also be required depending on state laws. The most common tests performed include checking for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases through blood and urine samples. Potential donors may also be required to provide their family’s medical history up to the third generation to note what might not show up during the preliminary tests.
Genetic tests will also be done to note conditions that may appear later on. Semen quality will also be tested. This requires the donor abstain from sexual intercourse for 48 hours. The donor must also be open about sharing his sexual history. On top of these, a psychological exam or interview will be conducted.
The sperm donation process is rigorous. However, there are rewards for those who meet the requirements and are considered healthy enough to donate. With advancements in Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), it is more important for all the parties involved to be healthy to result in a safe pregnancy and healthy baby.
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CHA Fertility Center was established on the principles of scientific excellence and thoughtful medical care – regardless of whether you are a woman looking to preserve your fertility, a cis-hetero (straight) or LGBTQ couple looking to grow your family, a single woman, or a generous egg donor, sperm donor, or gestational surrogate. Located in Los Angeles, California, the center offers various fertility treatments and services. More information can be accessed on its official website.