How much does sperm donation pay in Spain, the USA and the UK?

By (embryologist), (gynecologist) and (biochemist).
Last Update: 06/28/2022

A fairly common question among men interested in donating sperm is how much they will get paid. However, gamete donation in Spain is a totally charitable and altruistic act.

Nevertheless, Law 14/2006 on Assisted Reproduction Techniques establishes that all sperm donors will receive financial compensation for the inconvenience caused during the donation process.

Law 14/2006

Sperm donation, as with egg and embryo donation, is a totally anonymous, charitable and altruistic process. Therefore, it is forbidden to pay for donating sperm in compliance with the Law on Assisted Reproduction Techniques (Law 14/2006). Sperm donation is non-profit and non-commercial.

What happens in the case of sperm and egg donation is that the clinics decide to give an economic reward for the inconvenience generated to the donor during the whole donation process.

Gamete donors will be required to make several visits to the clinic for numerous medical tests and examinations. These inconveniences are the numerous urine and blood tests required and the continuous visits to reproductive clinics. This involves a great deal of effort and time for the sperm donor candidate.

How much is paid to donate sperm?

The financial compensation for sperm donation is set by the National Commission on Assisted Reproduction. Sperm donors will receive around 30-50 euros for each sperm sample donated.

Generally, sperm donors receive this financial amount for the inconvenience caused on a weekly basis for each semen sample donated. However, this protocol may vary from one fertility clinic to another.

Assisted procreation, as any other medical treatment, requires that you rely on the professionalism of the doctors and staff of the clinic you choose. Obviously, each clinic is different. Get now your Fertility Report, which will select several clinics for you out of the pool of clinics that meet our strict quality criteria. Moreover, it will offer you a comparison between the fees and conditions each clinic offers in order for you to make a well informed choice.

Sperm Donation Fees for inconvenience caused

Sperm donation lasts approximately 6 months, although this may vary depending on the center. Generally, the sperm donor comes to the clinic with 3-5 days of abstinence so that the donation is performed to the highest standards of guarantee. This should be done once a week during the donation period.

The financial reward is about €30 to €50 for each donation. A complete donation process is usually 24 donations, so the total amount of a donor's compensation is about €720. On other occasions, the sperm donation process takes 4 months, which would mean 16 donations. In this case, sperm donors will receive a total financial compensation of around 400 euros.

It is necessary for all sperm donors to sign a contract, so that there is proof that the center has correctly informed the donor about the donation. The young person also agrees to attend the clinic for a certain period of time, although the conditions are flexible. Sperm donors may be absent from donation during vacations and/or exams, among other reasons.

Sperm donation fees in the USA and the UK

In the USA sperm can be sold and the price may depend on clinic and the number of donations per week. The average pay for donation is around $100 - $150 per visit, and with one or two visits a week, earnings can be around $4000 over a 6 month period.

However, payment may not be immediate, due to testing and health screening pay may not received until sample is ready for sale, possibly up to six months. This depends on the clinic and the regulations.

In the UK, sperm donation is a charitable, altruistic act and payment for sperm is not allowed. However, donors receive up to £35 per visit to cover reasonable expenses.

It is not a sale of semen

This must be made absolutely clear to both sperm donors and fertility clinics, as the sale of sperm is illegal in Spain. Some people think that receiving money for something you decide to donate is already a sale. However, this is not entirely correct.

The money that sperm donors receive is compensation for an act of solidarity that helps other people to have a child, generating a series of inconveniences for the donor himself.

Unlike egg donation, sperm donors are not at risk. They should not be given any hormonal medication. They will only have to observe a period of abstinence of 3 to 5 days before each donation.

FAQs from users

Do all clinics pay the same for sperm donations?

By Paloma de la Fuente Vaquero M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc. (gynecologist).

Donation has always been understood to be an absoutely atruistic act, the economic compensation received is to cover expenses and inconveniences and is established by each centre.

How often must I donate sperm?

By Marta Barranquero Gómez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).

Typically, in most sperm donation protocols you have to visit the clinic once a week over 4-6 months. Nonetheless, the period of donation and the process must be reflected in an informed consent, signed by the donor.

Can I stop sperm donation in the middle of the process?

By Marta Barranquero Gómez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).

Yes. The sperm donor signs an informed consent whereby they agree to complete the donation process. Nevertheless, sperm donation is a charitable and voluntary act, and as such any donor may renounce the process and change their mind at any moment they decide.

Furthermore, the centre can decide to stop using a donor´s sperm if more than 6 live births are acheived, if analysis results show alterations or if the quality of the sperm decreases.

Do I have to go every week to donate sperm?

By Marta Barranquero Gómez B.Sc., M.Sc. (embryologist).

Yes, the general process in sperm donation consists of weekly visits to the fertility clinic. However, some circumstances exist where is it possilble to miss a visit. There is always the possibility of adapting the process of donating sperm to the needs of each donor.

If you are interested in learning more about the inconveniences associated with sperm donation, the first thing to know is the general donation process. For this reason, we recommend you to read the following article to get all the information: How is sperm donation explained step by step?

Moreover, not all sperm donor candidates will eventually become donors. It is essential to meet a series of requirements to be able to make the donation. If you want to know more about this topic, don't forget to visit the following link:sperm donation: requirements to donate sperm in Spain.

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Authors and contributors

 Marta Barranquero Gómez
Marta Barranquero Gómez
B.Sc., M.Sc.
Graduated in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences by the University of Valencia (UV) and specialized in Assisted Reproduction by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH) in collaboration with Ginefiv and in Clinical Genetics by the University of Alcalá de Henares (UAH). More information about Marta Barranquero Gómez
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 Paloma de la Fuente Vaquero
Paloma de la Fuente Vaquero
M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.
Bachelor's Degree in Medicine from the Complutense University of Madrid, with a Master's Degree in Human Reproduction and a Doctorate in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Seville. Member of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF) and the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO), she performs as a gynecologist specializing in assisted reproduction in the clinic IVI Sevilla. More information about Paloma de la Fuente Vaquero
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Adapted into english by:
 Michelle Lorraine Embleton
Michelle Lorraine Embleton
B.Sc. Ph.D.
PhD in Biochemistry, University of Bristol, UK, specialising in DNA : protein intereactions. BSc honours degree in Molecular Biology, Univerisity of Bristol. Translation and editing of scientific and medical literature.
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