Choosing to use a sperm donor is a big decision – consequently, there are a lot of things to consider and a question like; “How much information about the donor should I be able to provide my child within the future?” is not uncommon.
In order to answer that question, you will need all of the facts…
There are different types of sperm donor profiles
At Cryos there are two different types of donor profiles: A Basic Profile and an Extended Profile.
The difference between the two is the amount of information available about the sperm donor.
The Basic Profile
This profile is for those who want little information about the donor, as it only provides the most basic information. The information provided surrounds ethnicity, eye and hair colour, height, weight, blood type and usually about education.
As there is almost only information provided about the physical features of the donor, you do not get a lot of personal information. If you want to get to know the donor even better then you should choose the extended profile.
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The Extended Profile
This profile is for those who want a lot of information about the donor.
If you choose a donor with an Extended Profile you will get the same information found in the Basic Profile and additionally, pages of personal information on the donor’s background, education, EQ Profile, family tree and interests/talents.
You can also read about the staff’s impression of the donor, see childhood photos, read a handwritten letter from the donor and listen to an audio recording of the donor’s voice. Some of the donors also offer photos of them as adults. You can learn more about these photos here.
Anonymous or non-anonymous?
Both of the aforementioned profiles are available as anonymous or non-anonymous donors.
If you choose an anonymous donor, the donor’s identity will be unknown.
If you choose a non-anonymous donor your child will be able to contact the donor when they turn 18 years old (in some countries, 16).
Making a decision about whether your future child should be able to contact the donor or not is a big factor when it comes to choosing how much information you would like about the donor.
There might be questions about the donors that the profile cannot answer, and that the donor must answer himself.
Learn more about the anonymous and non-anonymous donor profiles here.
Your decision is the right decision
There is no right or wrong decision in this process, the key is to know all of the facts in order to make an informed decision that feels right for you and your family.
Want to know more? Visit the Cryos Fertility Blog or ask likeminded people about their experiences in Cryos’ Facebook Group Family Dreams. You can also e-mail Cryos Customer Service: [email protected]