City Fertility Centre operates a comprehensive sperm donor program to assist individuals and couples achieve their dream of parenthood.
Choosing to use donated sperm is a life-changing decision, and one that requires serious consideration and support. Our professional team of specialists can provide all the information you need to make an informed decision, and our nurse coordinators are available to discuss any questions you may have about the sperm donor process.
Donated sperm is required by couples and individuals for a number of reasons, including:
Men of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds are welcome to become sperm donors if they meet these criteria:
Clinic-recruited sperm donors with student, working holiday or temporary working visas will not be accepted to the program. Donors with temporary resident visas may be accepted to the program if they meet the above requirements
When the donor and recipient know each other and have an existing relationship, this is known as a recipient-recruited donation. In this case, the recipient usually receives a donation from a friend, relative or family member.
When a male voluntarily donates his sperm for an unknown recipient, this is called a clinic-recruited donation. The donor and recipient do not know each other, and the donor can choose to keep their identity unknown; however, they must agree to provide identifying information to be revealed to a child conceived as a result of their donation.
You (and your partner, if applicable) will be required to attend an appointment with a City Fertility specialist. Here you will learn about the process and procedures involved as well as having your medical details assessed.
As a part of our routine screening process, you (and your partner) will be required to have your blood tested prior to treatment. The results of your tests will be sent to your specialist.
As legally required, you (and your partner) will need to attend a counselling session. This will give you the chance to discuss treatment on a more personal level. You will be able to raise any issues or concerns regarding the treatment and any effects it may have on your existing children and relationships (if applicable). You can discuss your motivation behind using donated sperm and ensure you are emotionally prepared to continue with treatment.
A “cooling off” period of a minimum of 14 days (between the first and second counselling session) is granted prior to commencing treatment, to give you the chance to consider all aspects of the donation program.
Before beginning treatment, you will also be required to attend a nurse interview. One of our nurse coordinators will provide information about the cycle treatment, medications and their side effects, and any day-to-day requirements. You (and your partner) will be given consent forms to fill in and sign.
Finally, the specialist and nurse coordinators will carry out a final review of the counselling reports, blood tests and consent forms to ensure everything is ready before beginning treatment.
We strongly recommend that you follow a healthy lifestyle before and during your treatment. We advise a healthy diet and regular exercise, and you will also need to stop smoking and restrict your alcohol consumption prior to treatment.
*The order of these steps/requirements may vary depending on your circumstances.
Artificial Insemination using donated sperm (also called donor insemination) is a fertility procedure in which treated sperm is inserted into a woman’s uterus directly, to increase the possibility of conceiving.
Donor insemination involves the use of fresh or frozen sperm from a donor. The method of artificial insemination most commonly used is Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI).
In Vitro Fertilisation literally means “fertilisation in glass” and involves the fertilisation of the egg by the sperm in an incubator outside the body, before the embryo is transferred back into the uterus. Donor sperm is used to generate the embryos by fertilising the recipient’s eggs.
Your specialist may suggest a different type of treatment. Treatment selection usually depends on medical history, a woman’s age, diagnosis and other related fertility factors.
These questions may be helpful to you when deciding if you wish to proceed:
City Fertility Centre encourages all individuals/couples to seek independent legal advice before attending the donor program. Please visit our Legalities and Requirements page for more information.
If you would like further information regarding our sperm donor program, please contact us.
Current as at Oct. 2013