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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.

 

Who Requires Donor Sperm?

Donated sperm is required by couples and individuals for a number of reasons, including:

  • Heterosexual couples who cannot fall pregnant due to male infertility
  • Single people who wish to achieve pregnancy
  • Lesbian couples who wish to start a family.

 

Who can Donate Sperm?

Individuals of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds are welcome to become sperm donors if they meet these criteria:

  • Aged 18-45 (21-45 in Victoria)
  • Healthy with no history of genetic disease. Donors will not be accepted if they suffer from an illness, disease or inherited condition that can be passed on to a child conceived from their donation
  • Low risk for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS
  • Able to provide a family medical history
  • If married or in a de facto relationship, the partner must consent to the donation.
  • Clinic-recruited donors must have a permanent address and be contactable for follow-up tests. They must be able to provide three identifiers and proof of permanent address (driver’s licence, photo ID and passport)
  • A lifestyle declaration must be signed.

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

 

Types of Donors

Known Donor

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.

 

Clinic-recruited Donor

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.

 

What is the Process of Receiving Sperm?

*The order of these steps/requirements may vary depending on your circumstances.

 

Treatment Options Available for People Using Donated Sperm

Donor Insemination (DI)

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 (IVF)

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.

Quarantine Period for Sperm

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:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C.
  • Syphilis
  • HTLV 1+2
  • CMV
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Chlamydia

Questions for Consideration

These questions may be helpful to you when deciding if you wish to proceed:

  • If you are in a relationship, what are your feelings about creating a family where only one partner will be a genetic parent?
  • How do you feel about parenting a child with whom you have no genetic link (if both donors, egg and sperm, are used)?
  • What are your feelings about being a single parent if you are undergoing treatment on your own ?
  • If you are in a relationship, do both partners agree to use donated sperm?
  • How do you feel about the loss of fertility – has there been enough time to go through the grieving process?
  • What if the treatment  outcome is unsuccessful – what impact will it have on you (and your partner if applicable)?
  • What about the possible offspring – do they have the right to know? What if they wish to contact the donor?
  • Who needs to know about this (family, friends, work, etc.)?

Legal Implications

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.

 

 

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