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The Making of a Sperm Donor

Magazine article Drug Topics

The Making of a Sperm Donor

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David Towles of Xytec Inc., a sperm-banking company in Augusta, Ga., said he got so desperate for sperm donors recently that he ran ads in the local paper for part-time employees. And, in essence, that's what a sperm donor is.

Men usually stay with Xytek for one or two years, Towles said. During that time, they provide two to three samples of semen a week at the sperm bank.

There is no "ideal" sperm donor, but it helps if he is healthy and exclusively heterosexual, according to Towles. Homosexual contact-even a single incidence-is considered a "risky" and disqualifying behavior. Numerous diseases can also disqualify a donor-as can even such problems as hypertension and arthritis.

It also helps if you're tall, say around 6 ft. While shorter men can become donors (Xytek's cutoff is about 5 ft. 9 in.), clients tend to prefer sperm from bigger donors.

But big doesn't necessarily mean athletic. …

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