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We know you may be new to this, so we added some frequently asked questions! Feel free to contact us if you have a question that we did not answer.

Client FAQ

  • What is the Seed Scout?
    The Seed Scout is a comprehensive known sperm donor matchmaking resource for family planning. We developed an extensive, personalized screening process for known donors so that we can provide you with the best options to meet your unique needs. At the Seed Scout, we believe that navigating the donor journey should be a fun, exciting step towards building a family. That’s why we conceived this idea in the first place!
  • How does the process work?
    Step 1: We will have a free, introductory call during which we will share more details about this process, and will learn about you and what you’re looking for in a potential donor. Step 2: If you decide to move forward with us (which we hope you do!), we will send you a detailed questionnaire to determine the characteristics of your ideal donor. Step 3: We will review your answers in depth, and will conduct a search to find suitable matches. We will then send you pictures and descriptions of sperm donors that fit your preferences. Step 4: Once we have found a donor you're interested in meeting, we will provide the donor a brief description of who you are (without identifying information) to ensure that the match is mutual. Step 5: Once everyone has agreed to move forward, we will facilitate an introduction between you and your potential donor. Beforehand, we’ll prepare you with tips for a successful first Zoom meeting. Please note that a donor only counts as a "personalized donor option" once all parties agree to meet and an introduction is scheduled.
  • How does Seed Scout find its sperm donors?
    We have many different avenues to find sperm donors, though we want to assure you that none of our donors are on anonymous sperm banks. We have our own list of over 175 donors that are ready, willing, and excited to donate. If none of those individuals match your criteria, we conduct personalized searches and outreach to find the right match. We like to think of ourselves as your sperm donor matchmaking service: perfectly tailored to meet your needs.
  • How long does the process take?
    Our best estimate for the known donor process is that it can take three months to a year. There are so many variables that dictate how long this process takes, which means timelines vary from person to person. Depending on where you are at personally in the process before reaching out to us, how proactive you and the sperm donor are in getting medical tests done, what state you and/or the donor reside, and how selective you are – among other factors – it does take time. Keep in mind that if you want to start inseminations in the next month, this might not be the right option for you. Regardless of your timeframe, please email us to set up your free call because we can still give you information about your options and suggestions for moving forward.
  • Why wouldn’t I just use an anonymous sperm bank?
    Deciding whether to use an anonymous sperm bank or to seek a known donor is such a personal choice and only you can make this decision! When we meet on our first Zoom call, we will discuss the pros and cons of each option. Some things to consider are: - Meeting your donor beforehand. Keep in mind that your donor contributes the same percent of genetics to children as you do so this is an important decision! - The psychological impact on children not being able to reach out to their donor or know details about him before the age of 18 can be devastating. There are many donor conceived people that are advocating for the use of known donors. Using an "open ID" donor does not guarantee that the donor will be responsive if and when children reach out. - The number of half siblings across the U.S. or even internationally. We cap the number of families that a donor can donate to using our services at three and clients have to agree to be known by the other two families. At sperm banks, there are no caps. There are many half-sibling cohorts of over 100 children. -Updated family medical history. Sperm bank donors are not obligated to provide updates about their family medical history. -Age of donors. Sperm banks recruit donors who are in college or grad school. Sometimes those donors are not old enough or mature enough to make such an important decision. Our donors are all over the age of 21. -Family photos. Sperm banks do not provide family photos of a donor and usually each donor only has one or two pictures (sometimes only a baby picture). We provide many pictures of the donor (adult and child pictures) as well as pictures of their parents and siblings. -Choices. Each sperm bank only has a limited number of donors to choose from. We have over 175 donors and we are adding more each week! We conduct new searches for each client to ensure we find them their perfect match.
  • How does Seed Scout differ from its competitors?
    Here is a chart to explain how we differ from our competitors:
  • How do you know the sperm donor is being honest about his medical history?
    Unfortunately, this is something that we never know for certain. However, we have found that donors tend to be incredibly thorough when describing their family medical history. Donors are not excluded because of any family medical history as it is at the discretion of the recipients to determine the overall best fit for them. We find that this allows donors to be open about their medical history. We have a long list of health conditions we ask about to help prompt them. We always encourage donors to check with their parents and siblings to ensure their health background is as complete as possible. We also inform donors that they have to provide updates about their family medical history to their recipient families.
  • How many other couples will my donor donate to?
    A donor cannot donate to more than 3 families through The Seed Scout. You can add in a clause in your legal agreement stating that you would have to approve if he wants to donate to any additional families outside of The Seed Scout. Sometimes a donor prefers to only donate to 1 or 2 families. This is at the discretion of the donor.
  • What are the legal implications of this type of arrangement?
    It is important to note that we are not able to provide legal advice. Laws are constantly evolving and we cannot predict what the Supreme Court or State Courts will rule in the future. We can help guide you in the process of picking a lawyer.
  • How much will this process cost me?
    Our fees: We believe in transparency. Depending on what you want and need, the pricing will vary. The general costs for our services are listed on the “Packages” page. Donor fees: At minimum, we require a payment of $5,000 for the sperm donor. That amount is paid directly to the donor. Other fees: In addition, we estimate the costs for medical testing, a legal agreement, and other necessary logistical steps to be approximately $6,000. These fees are all paid directly to providers, lawyers, etc.
  • How will I evaluate the importance of a donor's medical history?
    Paige, a board-certified pediatrician, created a comprehensive medical history form that each donor fills out before donating. We review all potential donors' medical questionnaires regarding their personal and family medical history and ask any necessary follow up questions. You have the option to hire a third party genetic counselor to review a donor's health history, evaluate risks, and help you make an informed decision.
  • Is this service only for individuals/couples who identify as LGBTQIA++?
    Absolutely not! We are here to help anyone who wants to find a sperm donor and take the next steps in growing their family. This includes those with male infertility, single parents by choice, etc.
  • Can I use Seed Scout if I plan to do IVF, IUI, ICI, or at home insemination?
    Yes! We can offer our services no matter which of these fertility services you plan to move forward with. Please note: We only provide assistance with at-home insemination if you plan to have one child because we can't guarantee that the donor will continue to donate monthly, year-after-year as your family continues to grow.
  • How many vials will I receive from the donor's donations?
    Assuming you are having a donor donate to a clinic (rather than doing at-home insemination), there are generally 3 or 4 donations made. Our clients have received anywhere from 9-20 vials from 4 donations.
  • What if my question wasn’t answered above?
    We started this company to help you navigate this journey! We know a lot of people say that, but we really mean it: we want to be a helpful and supportive resource for you. We understand what it’s like to go through this process, and this decision is one of the most important ones you’ll make. We know that it can feel impossible to figure out where to start. Email us to schedule a Zoom meeting so we can answer questions, share our experiences, or connect you to other helpful resources.
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