How to Become a Sperm Donor

It sounds like an easy way to make money. It could even be fun. But first you have to be accepted.


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You Will Need

  • Youth
  • A clean bill of health
  • Height
  • A college degree
  • A commitment to donate weekly for six months


  1. Step 1

    Check your credentials

    See if you meet the basic credentials for applying. You must be between 18 and 35 (some sperm banks accept older donors); at least 5’ 11' tall; in excellent health; have no family history of genetic diseases; and be drug-free.

  2. Donors need not apply unless they know their biological parents’ medical history.

  3. Step 2

    Find a sperm bank

    Find a sperm bank near you, via the Internet or by asking your doctor.

  4. Step 3

    Get an application

    Call and request an application. You will receive a lengthy questionnaire that asks about your sexual preferences; drug, alcohol, and tobacco habits; educational and professional backgrounds; hobbies; athletic and musical abilities; family diseases; et cetera.

  5. To be a viable sperm donor, you must agree to be tested for HIV.

  6. Step 4

    Go to the bank

    If your answers are up to snuff, you will be asked to come in for an interview and to give a sperm sample.

  7. Only 20 percent of applicants are invited to provide a sperm sample for testing.

  8. Step 5

    Give a sample

    After being interviewed by a sperm counselor, it’s time to visit the 'masturbatorium,' where you will produce a sample that is tested for sperm count and mobility—in other words, how well the little impregnators swim.

  9. Don’t feel badly if your sperm doesn’t make the grade; more than half the samples don’t—even those that come from men who’ve fathered healthy children.

  10. Step 6

    Take blood tests

    If your sperm measures up, you’ll go back for blood tests to rule out STDs and other problems. You’ll have to repeat these tests periodically.

  11. Step 7

    Start making deposits

    Assuming all the blood tests come back clean, you’re ready to donate. And donate you will—you’ll have to make deliveries one or two times a week for at least six months.

  12. Some sperm banks require you to write essays about yourself, provide photos, and make biographical videotapes.

  13. Step 8

    Collect your pay

    Watch the money roll in … or, rather, trickle. Payment is between $35 and $100 per usable specimen.

  14. Less than five percent of men who apply to become sperm donors are accepted.