How to choose a sperm donor

At Cryos, we have the world’s largest selection of donors. The large selection is great, but we also know that it can feel overwhelming. On this page, we guide you through the most important things to consider when choosing a sperm donor.

Often, fertility treatments with donor sperm begin with discussing the different treatment options with a doctor or another healthcare professional. The next step, in most cases, will be to choose the donor for your future child.

There are many aspects to consider when making this decision. Therefore, we have gathered some questions that you can ask yourself to make the process easier.

How to choose a sperm donor

Should your future child be able to contact the donor?


One of the first things to consider when choosing your sperm donor, is whether you would like your child to have the opportunity of getting identifying information about the donor from Cryos.

If you choose a Non-ID Release Donor, neither you nor your child can receive any information other than what is specified in the donor's profile on our website. If you choose an ID Release Donor, the child, after he/she turns 18, can receive identifying information about the donor. The child can contact Cryos and receive this identifying information, that he/she can use to try to contact the donor. Identifying information is the donor's full name, adress given to Cryoss and date of birth.

The choice between a Non-ID Release and an ID Release Donor is highly individual and complex and there can be different reasons for choosing one or the other. Before choosing, we recommend you to read more about donor ID Release here.

How much do you want to know about the donor?

Would you like to know as much as possible about the donor, or do you prefer to only know the basics? This consideration will help you to choose between an Extended Profile and a Basic Profile. An Extended Profile contains a lot of personal information including baby photos and an audio clip with the donor’s voice. A sperm donor with a Basic Profile only provides you with the essential information such as ethnicity, physical characteristics and education/job. 

If you would like to know as much as possible about your donor, you also have the option to choose an Extended Profile with adult photos.

Should your donor be exclusive?

If you prefer to have a donor that is not the donor for children in other families, you can consider choosing an Exclusive Donor. With donor exclusivity, it will only be you and your partner if you have one, who will be able to have a child with that donor’s donations.

Read more about Donor Exclusivity here.

Extra tips before choosing a sperm donor

In the end, you only need one sperm donor, but it can be a good idea to narrow down your search to 3-5 donors and mark them as ‘Favourites’ in the Donor Search. This might be helpful in case your favourite donor is sold out or has reached the Pregnancy Quota in your country of residence by the time you are ready to order.

Once you are ready to place your order online, we recommend that you consider making a reservation for extra straws. This is to ensure that you have enough sperm for your entire fertility treatment – and for possible future siblings. Read more about reservations here.

We also recommend that you check the legislation in your country of treatment since some countries only permit treatment with certain types of donors (Non-ID Release or ID Release). Your clinic or healthcare professional will be able to advise you on this. You can also contact Cryos Customer Service who will be happy to assist you.

We hope the above information will help you when choosing a sperm donor who is right for your future family.