ID Release and Non-ID Release Sperm Donors
At Cryos, we have both Non-ID Release and ID Release Sperm Donors for you to choose from. The difference is whether or not the donor child after he/she turns 18, can receive identifying information about the donor. The decision between the two donor types is very individual and can be affected by many factors.
When choosing your sperm donor, one of the first considerations to make is whether to go with a Non-ID Release or an ID Release 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.
Even after 30 years of sperm donation, the question of whether or not the child should have the possibility to receive identifying information about the donor is still widely debated all over the world. This means that some countries allow people to use both Non-ID Release and ID Release 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 Non-ID Release nor ID Release Donors have any parental rights over donor children and have agreed not to seek contact with the donor children.
Non-ID Release Donor
A Non-ID Release Donor is non-contactable, and if you choose a Non-ID Release 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 a Non-ID Release donor 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 a Non-ID Release Donor?
There may be various reasons to choose a Non-ID Release 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 only have the option of having a Non-ID Release 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.
ID Release Donor
If you choose an ID Release Donor, your child, after he/she turns 18, can receive identifying information about the donor. The child can contact Cryos and receive this identifying information he/she can use to try to contact the donor. The identifying information is the donor’s full name, address given to Cryos and date of birth. An ID Release Donor has agreed to be contacted by children conceived with the help of his donor sperm.
Although the donor has agreed to be contacted, Cryos cannot guarantee or check whether the donor has changed his mind or whether he is accessible when the child reaches the age of 18.
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 ID Release Cryos donor.
The donor will never receive any information from Cryos about you as a client or your child. Therefore, it is completely up to the child whether he/she would like to seek contact with the donor or not.
Why choose an ID Release Donor?
The reason for choosing an ID Release 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 an ID Release 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 an ID Release 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 a Non-ID Release or an ID Release 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.