PollenTree

Guidelines for Sperm Recipients
 
PollenTree is intended to be a safe environment in which to meet like-minded people. The following is intended as practical common-sense guide for those seeking a sperm donation.



Receiving Sperm Donation
Remember that you have a choice as to whether to enter into a private arrangement or to use a licensed clinic or sperm bank.

The benefits of using a licensed clinic or sperm bank is that the sperm will be screened for sexually transmitted infections and genetic disorders.

If you use IUI this is a less costly procedure than full IVF treatment.

Also you will be protected in law if you use a licensed clinic as the sperm donor will not have any legal rights to any child conceived using their sperm.  

A private arrangement can be less costly, but does not guarantee you the same legal protection and you will need to build a relationship of trust with the sperm donor.

Whilst written agreements between you and the donor can be used as evidence of your intentions they are not binding in the same way as normal contracts.

For all the reasons stated above - once you have found a suitable donor we would always recommend going to a clinic with your donor so that you can both go through the procedures at the clinic.



Health Questionnaire

It is recommended that all sperm donors using our site complete our health questionnaire and you can view a sperm donor’s health questionnaire once you have added them as a friend.

You should however insist that the donor provide up to date evidence that they have been screened for sexually transmitted infections.

If necessary you can insist that they visit a suitable clinic as part of your private arrangement.



Meeting on PollenTree
PollenTree is designed to make it easy to contact other members. When you are contacted by a potential sperm donor they need to be respectful. The following actions are not respectful:

Negative or aggressive comments.

Persistently contacting you.

Insisting on natural insemination (NI). 

Also check that any donor has fully completed their Health Questionnaire on PollenTree.

Other things to be wary of include:

Donors who put their contact details in their profiles, email, phone numbers etc.

Donors who want to move the conversation off PollenTree quickly by sending you a message with their contact details in it.

We can moderate PollenTree effectively, however we cannot take action when something happens off PollenTree.



Meeting off PollenTree
When meeting someone off PollenTree we recommend the following:

Meet in a public place.

Meet briefly initially. 

Feel free to bring a friend, they can provide a second opinion.

If meeting alone tell someone where and when.

Bring a phone with you.

Feel free to bring a friend to all subsequent meetings.

Take time to get comfortable with a potential donor, get to know them by meeting them a few times before you decide to do anything.

If you have your doubts - trust your intuition and move on.

Do not exchange any personal details with the donor until you both feel comfortable with each other and you trust the donor – remember that you can keep all your communications on PollenTree.



No Cost
It is against our terms & conditions for donors to charge anything more than reasonable travel expenses.

Watch out for donors who seek to charge you for a donation at the last minute, either directly or indirectly. For example, attempting to increase their travel expenses or seeking other expenses at the last minute. 



Bans
We rely on members to tell us when other members become a problem, so please let us know.

We treat all complaints seriously and in confidence.

Our policy is as follows:

If we have direct evidence of a breach, for example a copy of an offending email or message sent we will immediately ban the member in breach, or if we receive 3 separate complaints about a member without direct evidence we will ban that member.

Let us know by emailing us or completing our contact form, see the relevant links below.

Contact Us
Code of Conduct
Terms & Conditions