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nOvum Sperm Bank

nOvum Sperm Bank

When donor sperm is required for insemination or IVF procedures, nOvum usually makes use of its own sperm bank. All donors are required to pass general health condition tests, must be ruled out as genetic or virus disease carriers, and have their sperm tested for quality (including freezing tests).

The nOvum sperm bank meets the EU standards as set out in Directive 2004/23/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 31 March 2004 on setting standards of quality and safety for the donation, procurement, testing, processing, preservation, storage and distribution of human tissues and cells.

Sperm donors are subjected to all tests identified in the implementing directive concerning the transmission of infectious diseases (HIV 1 and 2, HCV, HBV, VDRL, CMV).

The donated sperm is also subject to bacterial culture tests. The frozen sperm is cryopreserved for a term of 6 months, after this time new tests need to be run to rule out any infectious diseases - this will qualify the sperm for use in insemination.

Information for potential donors

Donor candidates must undergo a series of tests funded by the nOvum Clinic, starting with a semen analysis (including a freezing test) as well as a blood panel confirming their health condition and ruling out the possibility of the candidates being carriers of any genetic or viral diseases - it is only on successfully passing these tests that candidates will be qualified as donors and appropriately compensated. For more information or to make an appointment please contact the andrology lab. Donor candidates are asked to contact nOvum’s andrology lab: 22 566 80 00

General criteria potential sperm donors must meet:

  • 21-35 years of age,
  • at least a high school degree,
  • good quality sperm (concentration, motility, morphology),
  • no addictions or genetic diseases,
  • already having children is helpful
  • the man cannot be a donor of other sperm banks.

Additionally the donor must meet the following criteria (nOvum will perform the tests):

  • normal karyotype,
  • no mutation in the CFTR gene responsible for cystic fibrosis,
  • positive outcome of a general and urologic examination,
  • good bacteriological and infection test results.

Sperm quality standards required of donors:

  • minimum 50 million sperm/1 ml (above the WHO reference limit),
  • minimum 50% motile sperm - including minimum 15% sperm with progressive motility (above the WHO reference limit),
  • normal sperm morphology (according to the WHO criteria).

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