If a man does not have the right genetics, educational background or a clean bill of health or is older than 35 years of age, it is a good possibility that he will not be allowed to be a sperm donor. Once the basic guidelines have been established for becoming a sperm donor, a man needs to locate possible sperm banks and contact the establishment and express the desire to become a donor. After an initial consultation with a medical professional, the clinic will make a determination of whether or not the male meets the criteria for donation and should come into the clinic for follow-up testing to begin the testing process. For a couple trying to conceive a baby and having to use a sperm donation, they are always looking for a certain type of donor. After a man passes a physical examination and makes a sample donation, the clinic will determine if the sperm is of certain quality, free of genetic defects and that the male is not a drug addict or alcoholic.
Almost 50% of men that try to become a sperm donor fail because the sample donation does not meet the strict guidelines of the clinic. Another thing a man should expect when trying to determine how to become a sperm donor, is past medical history. If there are any genetic issues or health problems in the family of a male, it may be a determining factor in whether or not the male will be a candidate for sperm donation. The man will be asked about medical history information for possibly as far back as four generations, undergo blood tests and will have to pass a final examination before becoming a donor.