Available treatment options when using donor sperm
- Donor insemination
- In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) using donor sperm
- Donor programs for fertility – using donor sperm
- Egg freezing and storage
- Investigation and treatment of recurrent miscarriage
Types of sperm donor
Known sperm donor – where the identity of the donor is known by the woman undergoing treatment. Usually a friend or family member, they have an existing relationship with the recipient and their donated sperm will only be used by them.
Clinic-recruited or unknown sperm donor – where the identity of the donor is not known to the woman undergoing treatment.
To ensure the safety of our patients, all our sperm donors are required to undertake a semen analysis and a series of pathology tests, as part of the routine screening process. These tests include: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) 1+2, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Cystic Fibrosis, Karyotype, Blood Group, FXS, SMA, Full Blood Count, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
Guide to becoming a sperm recipient
- Medical consultation – You will attend an initial consultation where you will learn about the medical procedures involved and have your medical details assessed.
- Pathology collection – Routine screening tests will be required before commencing treatment. The results of which will be sent directly to me.
- Counselling – It is compulsory for all single women considering using donated sperm to attend a counselling session. This will give you the chance to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have in regards to the treatment.
- Patient education presentation – Before beginning your treatment, you will also be required to have a patient education presentation. This presentation may be self-directed or done by the clinic fertility nurses. You will be provided with Information about your treatment cycle, medications and their side effects, and any day-to-day requirements. You will be provided with consent forms to fill in, sign and return prior to the commencement of treatment.
- Final review – Before you can start treatment, a final review of the counselling reports, blood tests and consent forms will be undertaken to ensure sure everything is in order.
- Treatment – It is advised that you follow a healthy lifestyle prior to, and during, your treatment. A balanced diet, regular exercise and limited alcohol are recommended. Before treatment, you will be required to stop smoking and restrict your alcohol consumption.