Terms of Service

Thank you for joining SpermDonationUK.co.uk The purpose of the Website is to help singles and/or couples become parents by helping people find a sperm donor or sperm recipient.

We do not carry out background checks on members or screen members for their health or fertility. We rely solely on the accuracy of member submitted information. We strongly recommend that members take every precaution to assess any user whom they are corresponding with. Users are solely responsible for the legal accuracy of the material they provide and are in turn liable for false information.

We do not offer legal advice about sperm donation. We disclaim all liability for members and unauthorized users. By accessing the Website you agree to the following terms and conditions and the privacy policy.

1) CRUDE CONTENT

The Website will in no way accept objectionable or crude content. Members who add this type of material will be rejected immediately.

2) INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

We do not allow personal email addresses to be added in your personal profile section. You can be contacted through our messaging service. Any photographs that are uploaded under your personal profile area do not breach copyright laws and that uploaded photographs are your own original prints, and have not been downloaded from an alternative source/website.

We co-operate fully with all relevant law enforcement and regulatory governing bodies such as the HFEA as well as third party agents, every effort is made to preserve members privacy and keep your data from being passed on to third parties. We may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with judicial proceedings, a court order or legal process served on our website. We may allow access to your personal data by third parties who supply us with a service – for the purpose of their service only. We may disclose personal data so far as reasonably necessary whereby we feel a breach in our intellectual property rights and infringements have taken place, investigations of fraud and any others matters pertaining to or in connection with abuse of the site.

3) USE OF THE WEBSITE AND MOBILE APPLICATION

3 a) As a member of The Website you agree to conduct yourself in an appropriate and lawful manner when corresponding with other members and carrying out donation procedures. Objectionable, crude, aggressive, obscene, forceful or illegal behaviour will not be tolerated and will result in members being removed from the site and where applicable reported to the appropriate bodies.

3 b) Users are not permitted to request money for sperm donations. Where agreed it is acceptable for a donor and recipient to arrange the reimbursement for travel expenses. Members found to be contravening this term will be removed from the site and reported to the appropriate bodies.

3 c) You must be at least 18 years of age to use this site. Children are not permitted to use our services, if you are a minor we ask that you do not submit any personal information to us. We ask that if any members are approached by a suspected minor that this is reported to the site moderators immediately.

3 d) We will not be held responsible for any repercussions resulting from posting or responding to an advert on this site. The Website reserves the right to reject any advert if it is deemed to be inappropriate or be used for malicious purposes other than what the website is intended for. Members should place accurate personal information within their profile as to present a genuine reflection of themselves.

3 e) We reserve the right to increase or decrease the membership fee. Please note upon agreeing to a subscription method of payment through Stripe for a premium membership package payments will automatically be taken from your account, until such time as you unsubscribe through Stripe. It is the member’s responsibility to unsubscribe from Stripe to ensure that no further payments are taken. We will not be held liable for any repercussions that arise from this as a result of the member not cancelling their subscriptions. We are entitled to terminate your membership at any time for misuse of its Terms of Use.

4) PAYMENTS

By setting up a subscription you authorise Stripe to auto renew your subscription. You can stop your auto renewal at any time to prevent future billing. You can contact us at any time to request billing cancellation.

5) REFUNDS

Refunds for membership fees on the Website will be offered at our discretion. Payments will only be applicable for the current subscription plan – we cannot therefore offer refunds for payments made for previous subscriptions. No refund will be given for any unused subscription period. No refund will be given if your profile is terminated due to violation of the Terms of Use.

6) ACCOUNT DE-ACTIVATION

Members may delete their own profile by logging in. If you are a paid member you must unsubscribe through Stripe to ensure no further payments are taken. We reserve the right to de-activate any account.

7) LEGAL FACTS FOR USERS

If you are thinking of becoming a sperm donor and you wish to conceive outside of a fertility clinic then it is very likely that you will become the child’s legal parent with all of the associated rights and responsibilities that come with this. In accepting these terms you acknowledge that by conceiving outside of a fertility clinic you will become the child’s legal parent. Legal facts for donors and recipients vary greatly depending on individual circumstance. All members agreeing to these terms acknowledge that the website does not accept any liability for pregnancy or births that occur as a result of its matching service.

8 a) Disputes

If you have a dispute with a user of the Website we will not be responsible for any claims, legal or otherwise, arising out of the dispute. 8 b) Indemnification You agree to indemnify and hold the website harmless from any claim or damages (including any legal fees in relation to same) made by a third party in respect of any matter in relation to or arising from your membership and or purchases arising from any breach or suspected breach of these Membership Terms of Use by users violation of any law or the rights of any third party.

9) DONOR INSEMINATION

There are several ways in which donor insemination can take place ranging from Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI), Intra Vitro Fertilization (IVF), vaginal insemination and sexual intercourse – depending on the process you choose these procedures will be carried out within a clinic. The most important advice that should be considered first in donor insemination in that appropriate health screening tests have been carried out to establish that the sperm donor is in good health before undertaking this process.

By choosing to take the fertility clinic route you will ensure that all relevant health screening and fertility testing is done vigorously for both donor and recipient. Pursuing this option will of course have implications for the donor with regards to parental rights.

By choosing a licensed clinic the donor will have no legal obligation to the child and will not be named as the legal parent on the birth certificate. Sperm donated outside of a licensed clinic would result in the donor becoming the child’s legal father thus giving them all rights and responsibilities that it would involve.

Donors on The Website must agree to only donate with the recipients up to a maximum of 10 successful pregnancies; donors must not exceed this as it will be deemed as irresponsible resulting in donors being removed from this site.

We highly recommend that you consult with your doctor regarding any pre insemination screening tests and that you discuss/obtain information relating to health screening tests for yourself and/or the recipient prior to undertaking home insemination. When carrying out home insemination please ensure that you either gain medical advice from a professional or you clearly follow any health & safety guidelines regarding this procedure. We will not be held liable for any health or medical complications that may occur.

By accepting these terms you acknowledge that you have responsibility to ensure full health and fertility testing will be undertaken for both donor and recipient.

10) SURROGACY

Surrogacy is not permitted to be advertised – The Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985 forbids any form of advertising within the UK. If members are wishing to seek such advertisements from overseas through this website we would recommend you seek /contact a lawyer before any form of correspondence / arrangements are agreed to. We will not be held responsible or accountable for any such actions that arise from surrogacy arrangements.

Whilst surrogacy is not illegal to undertake within the United Kingdom, you are able to receive reasonable expenses, no professional or commercial fees can be paid out in relation to surrogacy law. Under the terms of the Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985, strict guidelines need to be followed in relation to surrogacy, within the United Kingdom it is a criminal offence to advertise for a surrogate mother, for a surrogate to advertise themselves, or to state that you require payment of fees that are above and beyond what is classed as reasonable expenses. Any members found to be advertising or breaching this legislation will be immediately removed from the website resulting in all future memberships being revoked due to contravening our terms and conditions and breach of legislation.

11) PERSONAL INFORMATION

Should you wish to give out any personal contact details to your potential match you do so at your own discretion however personal contact information is not permitted to be advertised within the personal profile section.

Personal contact information is only allowed to be shared within the internal messaging system only. Should members be found to be breaching these Terms and Conditions the moderators will inform the member of such, whereby continuation to breach these Terms and

Conditions will resulting the members profile being deleted without notice.

The Website uses the internal messaging system to ensure that members have a safe online email system to communicate/network together. We will not be held accountable should any consequences arise from this as a result of the member not using the internal messaging system.

We recommend that our members be vigilant to scammers that may falsely advertise on this site for their own purposes. Members are not permitted to solicit products or websites using the internal messaging system. Members are also advised not to send money to other members, or make monetary agreements between other members. Please notify us immediately if you feel that you have been inappropriately approached. Any such adverts will be removed immediately from this site and may be reported to the relevant governing body.

12) COMPLAINTS

If you have a complaint to make regarding this site please email us. All complaints will be responded to.

13) ADVERTISING

Anyone wishing to advertise their business on this site should email us first to obtain permission.

14) RECOMMENDATIONS

If you have any recommendations to improve this website please contact us – any suggestions are welcome.