Donor Sperm Programs are used by couples who are not able to conceive only due to male infertility. It can also be an option for single women who wish to have a child.
Men from any background can choose to be sperm donor if you meet the following criteria
- Age between 18-45 years
- Healthy with no history of hereditary diseases
- Having low risk of sexually transmitted diseases
- Ability to provide family medical history
Types of donor
- Recipient Recruited Donors are those who know the recipient personally for example a friend or family member.
- Clinic Recruited Donors are those who are recruited by your fertility clinic and you do not know them personally.
You should following these basic guidelines when using sperm from a donor.
Medical Screening- the sperm needs to be tested for infectious diseases such as HIV, Hepatitis etc which could be passed on to your baby.
Genetic Screening the sperm could be a carrier of genetic diseases so it needs to be screened for the same.
Quarantine- all donor sperm is kept in quarantine for 3-6 months. Before releasing the sperm for treatment donors are re- screened for HIV, Hepatitis B or C.
Counseling- To consider the legal and psychological implication donors and their partners are counseled.
Once the sperm is released, it is used to fertilize the egg using intrauterine insemination or IVF. When considering using donor sperm, you need to understand the legal, psychological and ethical factors. Talk to our fertility specialists who can provide you with all the information before you consider this option.