IVF WITH DONOR SPERM
We offer IVF and IUI treatments using donor sperm and can help you find a donor or we can support you if using sperm from another bank. Making the decision to do IVF using a sperm donor to get pregnant has been very successful for heterosexual, lesbian couples and single women.
Sperm donation at a glance
What is sperm donation?
Sperm donation is when a man makes his sperm available to a couple who can otherwise not get pregnant on their own due to male infertility. Sperm donation can also be used in the treatment of a single woman or partner in a lesbian couple who desires a pregnancy but lacks a male partner.
A physician can either inseminate the donated sperm into the recipient woman’s uterus (artificial insemination) or combine the donated sperm with a woman’s egg in a lab during IVF to create an embryo that will later be implanted in the recipient woman’s uterus or the uterus of a gestational carrier. Sperm may be donated in a fertility clinic’s andrology lab, or the male can donate his sperm to a sperm bank.
Doctors have been using donor sperm for artificial insemination for more than a century. More recently the use of donor sperm has decreased as the use of ICSI for the treatment of male infertility has become widespread. ICSI is used to enhance the fertilization process of IVF by injecting a single sperm directly into a mature egg. As a result, an embryo is formed and placed into a women’s uterus or fallopian tube.
After the man donates his sperm by way of masturbation, it is usually frozen and quarantined. When physicians are ready to use the donated sperm in fertility treatments, it is retested for health and genetic quality.
Donated sperm is generally used when a male partner’s reproductive system has abnormalities. These abnormalities can be caused by:
Other reasons for sperm donation include ejaculatory dysfunction, a sexual dysfunction that occurs when a man has trouble ejaculating his semen – either ejaculating too soon, too late or not at all. Ejaculatory dysfunction may affect a man’s ability to get a woman pregnant naturally. Physicians may also use sperm donation if a man is aware that he carries a specific genetic abnormality that he and his partner do not want to potentially pass on to their child.