OPEN OR NON-CONTACT DONOR?
When you apply to become a sperm donor, you must choose whether to be an open or anonymous sperm donor.
It is important that you consider this decision because once you are admitted as a donor, you cannot change your status. That means, for example, you cannot change from anonymous to open donor.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
As an anonymous sperm donor (or non-contact donor, as we also call it), is not possible for any child who may be a result of your donations to contact you. Neither the child’s parents have the option to contact you.
As an open donor, you agree to be contacted one (1) time by any child who is a result of your donations, when the child is 18 or older. The child’s parents will not have the option to contact you.
What kind of contact?
You agree to no more than one (1) contact per child. The contact is mediated by European Sperm Bank. It is only the child itself, who can request contact and only when he or she is 18 or older. Often he or she would just like to hear a little bit about who you are, tell you about themselves, or simply just say hi. The meeting may be e.g. a meeting in person, a phone call, an e-mail or equivalent.
For both alternatives
No matter what you choose, as a sperm donor you have no paternal or legal obligation or claim towards the possible results of your donations. Similarly, neither child or it’s parents have any claim to you as a donor.
It is not possible or permissible for you as a donor to receive information about any children that you are have assisted or their parents.
Both open and anonymous (non-contact) donors have the same amount of information available in the online profile, i.e. physical description, personality description, baby picture, health information and family history.
Why is there a difference?
Some parents prefer sperm from open donors, because it gives the child the opportunity to learn more about their donor, should they wish so. Others prefer to make the choice for the child by choosing a non-contact donor.