City Fertility 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:
Individuals 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 donor voluntarily donates their sperm to 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 once the child turns 18 or younger with counsellor approval.
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 and urine test 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 counselling sessions. 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. If you are using a known donor, a joint session with the donor (and their partner) is required.
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 your treatment, you will also be required to undertake a patient education presentation This presentation may be self-directed or done by the clinic fertility nurses. Information will be provided about your treatment cycle, 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. Consent forms are required to be returned before the commencement of the treatment and require a witness signature.
Finally, the specialist and fertility nurses 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 and during your treatment
*The order of these steps/requirements may vary depending on your circumstances.
Donor Insemination using donated sperm is a fertility procedure in which treated sperm is inserted into a recipient’s uterus directly, to increase the possibility of conceiving
Donor insemination involves the use of frozen sperm from a donor. The method of artificial insemination most commonly used is Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI).
In Vitro Fertilisation involves the fertilisation of the egg by the donated sperm in an incubator outside the body, before the embryo is transferred back into the recipient’s uterus.
Your specialist will discuss your IVF treatment cycle with you. The treatment type usually depends on an individual’s medical history, age, diagnosis and other related fertility factors.
Six-month quarantine period applies to all clinic recruited sperm donors.
All sperm donors are tested for infectious diseases before donations commence. It is recommended (but not compulsory) that the donated sperm from a known donor is stored for a quarantine period of six months before release for use by the recipient. We understand that some patients regard it as important enough (for their own reasons) to have the sperm used immediately and they are willing to accept this risk of infection. Should you decide to have the fresh sperm inseminated, you will be required to sign a waiver stating that you accept this risk and responsibility for your own decision.
At the end of the quarantine period, all sperm donors are rechecked for the following transmissible viruses:
These questions may be helpful to you when deciding if you wish to proceed:
City Fertility 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.