Anonymous and Non-anonymous Sperm Donors

At Cryos, we have both Anonymous and Non-anonymous Sperm Donors for you to choose from. The decision between using an Anonymous or a Non-anonymous Donor is very individual, and can be affected by both personal preferences, beliefs and the legislation in your country of treatment.

When choosing your sperm donor, one of the first considerations to make is whether to go with an Anonymous or a Non-anonymous Donor. The decision can be based on ethical beliefs or personal circumstances, but it can also be dependent on regulatory restrictions in your country of treatment.

Anonymous and Non-anonymous Sperm Donors

Even after 30 years of sperm donation, the question about donor anonymity or non-anonymity is still widely debated all over the world. This means that some countries allow people to use both Anonymous and Non-anonymous Donors and other countries only allow one or the other.

To make sure you stay compliant with the rules, we recommend that you check the regulations in your country of treatment before deciding on your donor. Usually, your fertility clinic can inform you about the current regulation. Otherwise you are also welcome to contact Cryos’ Customer Service.

Neither Anonymous nor Non-anonymous Donors have any parental rights over donor children and have agreed not to seek contact with the donor children.

Anonymous Donor

The donor has made the choice of being anonymous himself. An Anonymous Donor is non-contactable, and if you choose an Anonymous Donor, you will never receive more information about him than what has already been disclosed in his donor profile. Cryos will never reveal the donor’s identity.

The donor has made the choice of being anonymous himself, and he has agreed not to contact the potential donor children. Likewise, the client agrees through the Terms of Agreement, not to attempt to contact the donor in the future.

Nevertheless, donor sperm carry DNA and therefore, there is always a risk that donors, clients and children can trace or be traced via DNA-analysis which can compromise the privacy.

Why choose an Anonymous Donor?

There may be various reasons to choose an Anonymous Donor. Maybe you do not want to know too much about the donor, or you have no wish for your child to meet him in the future. Some families may view sperm donation as a means to complete the dream of having a family and therefore, they do not wish for the donor to have a role in the child’s life in the future. Other people do only have the option of having an Anonymous Donor due to regulations in their country. Regardless of your reason, the decision is very personal and only you know what is the right decision for you.

Non-anonymous Donor

A Non-anonymous Donor is identifiable, and the donor child will have the option of receiving identifying information about the donor when he/she grows up – in most countries at the age of 18. The donor has chosen to be a Non-anonymous Donor and he has agreed to be contacted by his donor children. Even though the donor has agreed to be accessible for contact, Cryos cannot be held responsible if the donor changes his mind or if he is not accessible in the future. 

When the child reaches the age of 18, or what age is applicable in the country, he/she will have the possibility of receiving identifying information about the donor from Cryos and can subsequently decide to make contact. 

To receive the information about the donor, the child must be able to document that he/she is the result of a treatment with donor sperm from a specific Non-anonymous Cryos Donor.

The donor on the other hand, will never receive any information about you as a client or the donor child. Therefore, it is completely up to the child whether he/she would like to seek contact with the donor or not.

Why choose a Non-anonymous Donor?

The reason for choosing a Non-anonymous Sperm donor varies from person to person. One of the reasons may be to give your child the opportunity to decide for himself/herself whether or not to reach out to the donor in the future. 

By choosing a Non-anonymous Donor, the child gets the opportunity to know more about the donor than what has been enclosed in the donor profile. 

For some donor children, it is important to know as much as possible about their genetic heritage. In those cases, choosing a Non-anonymous Donor will be a big help for the child. Other donor children may never even wish to contact the donor even though they may appreciate having the possibility to do so.

The donor’s decision

When a donor begins to donate sperm at Cryos, he chooses whether he wants to be an Anonymous or a Non-anonymous Donor. Once he has made his decision, it cannot be changed.

The donor receives thorough information to help him with his decision. He also has the possibility of discussing his choice with our experienced Donor Coordinators, who will help him fully understand the implications of the choice he makes.

It is very important to Cryos that each donor understands and feels comfortable with his decision – as it will have implications for both himself and the donor children.