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THE PHONE CALL
The process begins with a phone call to our donor coordinator. She asks potential donors a few basic questions regarding their height, weight, age and educational background. She also asks whether he or his parents are adopted.
These questions are asked for the following reasons:
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
If a potential donor meets the above listed requirements, our donor coordinator will ask him to schedule an appointment to complete the donor application form and provide a semen sample. The semen sample will then be analyzed to determine whether the donor's semen meets our standards.
THE SCREENING PROCESS
Once the potential donor's semen sample meets our standards it generally takes 2 to 3 months for a donor applicant to become a fully qualified donor. During this period, a potential donor will leave several sperm samples, complete a three-generation medical and genetic history (better known as the "long profile"), meet with several people for interviews, including our genetic counselor, have a complete physical exam and have various laboratory tests.
The laboratory tests performed during the initial screening of Cryobank donors include the following:
The majority of potential donors are disqualified due to inadequate semen specimens. Because a small portion of the sperm is lost in the freezing and thawing process, a donor's fresh semen samples must meet certain minimum requirements.
One of our genetic counselors conducts a medical and genetic interview which includes a review of the long profile completed by each donor. The long profile includes information about the health of the donor, his siblings, his parents, his grandparents, his parent's siblings and his cousins. The medical/family history is carefully evaluated for any birth defects or known genetic conditions.
A donor applicant is disqualified from participation in the donor program if there is a family history which indicates that the man's offspring may be at increased risk for a birth defect or known genetic condition. If the genetic counselor, donor manager, laboratory manager, and the medical director are satisfied that the man is a good candidate for our donor program, he is given a number and is admitted into our program.