Sperm donation in Africa

June 4, 2017

In Africa, sperm donation has gone up, a friend told me recently. That was an indication that despite cultural and ethnic diversity, many men are now brave enough compared to a decade ago to be sperm donors. There are many reasons to donate sperms in my view. One of them is that it helps single women or couples heterosexual or same sex who cannot conceive naturally. Also it is an opportunity to give back and provide a service for someone. Donors also want to see firsthand the joy a new child can bring to a family and they would like to help women or couples who are unable to achieve a pregnancy. Overall sperm donation is a noble idea because it also help others enjoy parenthood as much as they have donors with children. Being a donor help women and couples unable to bear children to add something new to their lives. It also make a difference in the world. And can we forget tat giving is a good thing to do as human beings? A sperm donor i know all too well, recently told of a friend’s recommendation made him make a decision to help a couple in Brisbane and also donated his sperms for further medical research in Sydney. When it comes to Africa, such donors are rare and there is a huge demand due to the shortage of donors.Though I have never donated sperms, i feel it is a good cause. By becoming a sperm donor, donors become part of an exceptional group of men who have chosen to help others in fulfilling their dreams of having a family.In African countries where sperm donors are available, donors must be aged between 20-45 years, in great health and without certain hereditary conditions and predispositions. In South Africa, if a man approaches donation labs in Johannesburg and Cape Town and says he’s interested in considering sperm donation, they have to meet doctors for a thorough examination, a full medical history and a counselling session.In Cape Town, the donor provides a detailed profile for patients to review when deciding on a sperm donor. Donor have to fill out a character profile, which includes age, work, height, hobbies, heritage, as well as basic information about family members like parents and siblings’ age, height, weight and characteristics.

Donor donate straight after the counselling sessions and that donation is frozen for six months and put into quarantine. Then they unfreeze it and test the sperm again because some men’s sperm doesn’t survive the freezing process according to a sperm donation expert working in such a company in South Africa told your blogger.Those that do well, they are rescheduled for more donor sessions after they produce enough sperm.In other countries like Egypt, Kenya and Nigeria, sperm donors are only able to contribute to the creation of a specific number of families, determined by the legislation.In those countries, after registration, the form allows doctors to check that donor meet the initial criteria to become a donor. In South Africa and Kenya, sperm donation companies also ask applicants to fill in a lifestyle consent form. This form includes information about medical and family history, and is always reviewed by the specialist. Then next step is semen analysis  where applicant is asked to produce a semen sample. The scientist analyse sample and send the results to the fertility specialist. Then screening tests follows and they are required as part of the routine screening process necessary to donate sperm.Applicants are also required to provide urine samples throughout the donation process. Any results from medical check-up and blood tests is then given to applicant by specialist or fertility coordinator. In all African countries sperm donation facilities, the required tests among others include testing syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B and C, Human T-lymphotropic Virus 1+2, cytomegalovirus, cystic fibrosis, karyotype, blood group, Fragile X syndrome, spinal muscular atrophy, thrombophilia and full blood count. Also, urine testing for both chlamydia and gonorrhoea. To ensure that donor is medically suitable to become a sperm donor, they are required to attend a consultation with specialists. The specialist normally review test results and medical and family history. Any results from medical check-up and blood tests will be discussed with applicant. Before the donations can begin, all applicant test results, counselling reports and consent forms are reviewed by specialist and fertility coordinator. Applicant is always informed when the donation process can start.

Contador Harrison