Today, more and more women are choosing sperm donors with an extended profile and buy access to photos of the donor as an adult.


In the last three years Cryos has experienced an increased demand for ID-Release donors (also known as non-anonymous/open donors) with extended profiles. These profiles contain a lot of personal information about the donor. In 2015 about 38% of the sperm straws sold to women in the UK were from ID-Release donor’s with extended profiles and only three years later, in 2019, the number increased to more than 70%. This number is expected to be even higher in 2020. 

The personality traits are important

“What does his voice sound like? What is he like as a person? Does he have any talents? What are his hopes and dreams?” Choosing a sperm donor is a big decision, and in the beginning the physical traits seem like the most important aspect, but as the search progresses, for many, the physical appearance becomes less important and moves to a second priority of personality traits, interests and talents.

This was also the case for YouTubers Lisa and Lynsey from the channel Teddy Has Two Mams. They started out looking for a donor with a specific physical appearance but in the end, they made a decision based on the donor’s personality; “…we started looking for someone who was creative, musical, someone who was athletic. So, the personality traits and his way of life became more interesting to us. At the end, that’s how we chose our donor. We call him Music-man, that is his name.” Lisa explains. See the full interview with Lisa here

By choosing an ID-release donor with an extended profile you not only give your child the possibility to contact the donor when they turn 18, but you can also provide your child with information about the donors personality, education, interests, hobbies, family background as well as baby pictures, an EQ profile (emotional intelligence), a handwritten note and a sound recording of the donors voice. Some of the donors even have pictures of the donor as an adult. For many couples all of this information is of high value when choosing the donor and moreover an important piece of the puzzle to give to the child when the child is growing up and starts to ask questions about the donor. 

Photos of the donor as an adult are a big hit

As the first and only sperm bank in Europe, Cryos introduced “Adult photos” back in 2018. The pictures of the donors as adults are an important add-on to the baby pictures within the extended profile, and it quickly became a big hit. Not only in the UK but also throughout Europe. This unique opportunity to see pictures from different ages of the donor, provides a more comprehensive idea of who the sperm donor is and moreover of the features of your future child. Hopefully, this can help a lot of couples in their search for the right donor.

The new feature helped Marie from France: “I was able to choose my donor serenely, thanks to his non-anonymous profile, his medical tests, and even photos of him as an adult.

“The photos of the donors as children are a plus, but the photos of the donors as adults give you a more concrete and real impression. It brought me a personal feeling, which I think is also important in this particular choice.

“In addition, I personally want to be able to provide as much information as possible to my future child, if it comes to be important for her later. And then in life, it is normal to choose your partner, so why should it be different for this important choice? Thanks to Cryos and my donor, my daughter will be born in a few months!”

If you have any questions about the extended profiles and the donor photos, please do not hesitate to contact Cryos’s Customer Service:, +45 8676 0699.

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