• * The center of assisted medical procreation of the CHU St Pierre is specialised in reproductive medicine. Reference center: quality label ISO 9001 obtained in 2008 and accredited by the AFMPS (Agence Fédérale des Médicaments et Produits de Santé).

Care for our sperm donors

Become a sperm donor

The AR centre at the Saint-Pierre University Hospital is always looking for donors. If you feel you have the generosity of spirit to help couples or women who need this contribution to realise their dream of having a child, please get in touch with us.

 

Over the past few years,Belgiumhas faced a severe shortage of sperm donors which means that at the moment, the offer is much lower than the demand. Currently, many assisted reproduction centres have to use foreign sperm banks in order to help their patients.

 

In Belgium, the law states that sperm donation must be voluntary and anonymous. Nevertheless, non anonymous sperm donation is authorised inBelgium but it must be the subject of a direct agreement between the donor and the receiving party. In this case, the donor will also see the psychologist in order to discuss the particularities of this approach.

 

The potential sperm donor attends a consultation with the AR centre’s chief physician.

After having explained the terms particular to sperm donation, the doctor will perform an in-depth anamnesis and laboratory tests to check whether the potential donor meets the selection criteria (cf. below).

 

If the potential donor meets the selection criteria, he is allocated a number (in order to ensure his anonymity). His physical characteristics as well as his blood group are recorded with a view to matching the donor with a receiving party in the future.

The donor will then sign the agreement and the informed consent form relating to sperm donation.

 

The donor is then asked to bring a sperm donation to the andrology laboratory, with a maximum of two donations a month. The sperm is frozen in the laboratory in straws that will be kept in liquid nitrogen tanks at –196 °C.

 

The straws will only be used after the donor has been checked for infectious serologies (hepatitis B, C, HIV and syphilis), six months after the donation (180 days). This is referred to as the quarantine period.

 

This donation is free (legal obligation) although “loss of revenue” and travel costs will be covered after each donation.

 

To limit the risks of consanguinity, the law states that a donor can’t be responsible for more than six “families”.

 

The centre assures the donor, when the donation is anonymous, that any identification data will be made inaccessible.

 

 

Sperm donor selection criteria

  • Men aged between 18 to 45 years old.
  • Never been a sperm donor.
  • No sexually transmissible diseases on the basis of a blood test (hepatitis B and C, HIV, syphilis, HTLV-I , chlamydia) and a urine analysis (PCR test for chlamydia)
  • No genetically transmissible hereditary diseases based on a complete family case history
  • No genetically transmissible personal diseases based on a medical case history and a blood test (karyotype, cystic fibrosis, sickle-cell disease, thalassemia, Tay Sachs, etc.)
  • No “at-risk” sexual habits or lifestyle 
  • No potentially mutagenic medication taken and no growth hormones or hypophysary hormones of human origin taken before 1989 (cf. Creutzfeld-Jacob)
  • No risks associated with travel (Creutzfeld-Jacob, HTLV-1, Q fever, West Nile Virus, etc.)
  • A normal spermocytogram
  • Sample tested for resistance to freezing-thawing techniques

 

 

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Centre de Fécondation In vitro - 322, Rue Haute - Bruxelles Tel +32(0)2 535 3406 Fax +32(0)2 535 3409