Each Xytex donor is different, but all go through the same rigorous qualification procedure. This includes a thorough initial evaluation with periodic updates throughout the year. Before becoming a donor, a man is a donor candidate.
A donor candidate must be between the ages of 18 and 38 and is interviewed extensively by a trained counselor to gain insight about his personality, behavior and health. He also provides a health history on up to four generations, including his own children, his siblings, parents, and grandparents. Since there is no legal way to obtain medical histories of family members, Xytex relies solely upon the donor for the accuracy of this information.
A comprehensive physical exam is the next step for the suitable candidate. We screen for visible physical abnormalities and evidence of infectious disease, and collect samples of the candidate’s semen, urine, and blood for laboratory analysis. Our medical director reviews all of the medical information in a process that takes about two months to complete. The expertise of board certified clinical geneticists may be used to clarify special situations.
Donors are evaluated through Medical History Updates, physical exams and lab testing at least twice a year, and most donors are screened and tested more frequently, depending upon inventory demand. Information learned during re-evaluation deemed important to recipient or offspring is reported to the inseminating physician. A donor who remains in good health can continue to participate until they reach their 41st birthday, or until he reaches our limit of reported family units. Xytex screening and testing complies with government licensing agencies and is consistent with guidelines established by the FDA.