Sperm donors receive up to $ 484: know how much they pay by country

Semen donation is a voluntary act that allows many people to become fathers and mothers. However, it is possible to receive financial compensation. In the note you will know how much a sperm donor for each country.


Dr. Juan Diego Vigo, obstetrician gynecologist and fertility specialist at Concebir, told La República that male gamete donors must have optimal health and not have harmful habits such as high consumption of alcohol and drugs.

The donor must undergo several tests to detect diseases such as measles, rubella, HIV, viral hepatitis, syphilis, among others. If the person has any of these conditions, they will not be able to donate sperm.

The volunteer will also go through a personal interview where they do a review of the genealogical tree to investigate hereditary diseases.

Finally, a semen test is performed, which consists of evaluating how many sperm the sample has. The ideal is 5 million sperm per milliliter.

Regarding the financial retribution, the doctor affirms that the clinics do not offer information due to legal issues. “Payment is up to the consideration of each clinic,” he said.

However, Vigo indicated that not all donors accept the remuneration, as they do so for altruistic purposes.


Law 14/2006 on assisted human reproduction techniques establishes that the donor does not receive remuneration for the donation, but for the physical discomfort and travel and labor expenses that may arise from the donation.

This amount is symbolic and ranges between 30 and 50 euros per donation, according to the medical journal Assisted Reproduction.

On the other hand, if a person is dedicated to donating sperm, they can accumulate up to 1,000 euros (1,131 dollars). You are only allowed up to 25 donations according to law.


Carlos Poveda, a doctor at the IVF Reproduction Center, told the local TVN Noticias newspaper that the payment per sample varies between 100 and 150 US dollars, depending on certain biotypes.

“In our country it is very difficult to find a Caucasian person with green eyes and some patients look for it. It is difficult to get these types of donors and sometimes they require additional remuneration, “he said. For this, some donors can earn up to $ 200.


According to Co-Padres, the financial retribution of donors ranges from 300 pesos per sample to more, but the average amounts to 585 pesos (6 dollars).


The financial compensation varies greatly depending on the clinic. It can amount to 500 pesos (24 dollars) and up to 1,000 pesos (48 dollars).


As in Spain, the compensation is for the transport costs and the time offered. Each donor receives a minimum of 50,000 Colombian pesos ($ 13).


Shimi Barda, director of the largest public semen bank in Israel, at the Ichilov Hospital, told El Confidencial that they pay NIS 600 ($ 194) per sample.

A 27-year-old man testified that he went to a private semen bank in Israel and received 1,500 NIS ($ 484) for his donation.

What is sperm donation?

According to the Mayo Clinic, sperm donation is a procedure in which a man donates semen so that a person or couple can conceive a child.

“Donated sperm can be injected into a woman’s reproductive system (intrauterine insemination) or it can be used to fertilize mature eggs in a laboratory (in vitro fertilization),” it says.

A sperm donor can be an acquaintance of the recipient or an anonymous person. Donations of sperm made to a known recipient are called directed donations.