Donor Sperm Surrogacy for Married Couples
Couples who opt for Surrogacy come from a variety of backgrounds and have a variety of needs. For many married couples including the need for a sperm donor is a must. So it is important to discuss the surrogacy process using donor sperm for married couples.
For many infertile couples, LGBTQ Couples- donor sperm may be necessary to complete their surrogacy process. In surrogacy using donor sperm, the intended male partner’s sperm is not used, but instead, donor sperm is used. The embryo is created by the method of using the donor sperm, the intended mothers’ egg is fertilized with donated sperm or both donor eggs and sperms are used for creating the embryo. The type of surrogacy used is Gestational surrogacy also known as ‘Host’ or’ Full surrogacy’-in which the surrogate mother carries a baby that has been conceived using the sperm from the intended father or a sperm donor, the egg of the intended mother or an egg donor. In this type of surrogacy, a gestational surrogate mother has no genetic connection to the baby as the surrogate’s egg was not used during the in vitro fertilization ( IVF) cycle.
Who should consider using donor sperm?
- Same-sex female couples
- Heterosexual couples when the male partner does not have high, healthy quality sperm
- Male intended parents have a genetic problem that could be transmitted to their child
Note – The choice to use a sperm donor is a very personal choice and will depend on your individual circumstances. Talk with your fertility doctor and surrogacy professional to get an idea about the donor options.
How to find a sperm donor for surrogacy?
The first and most important step is deciding where to look for a sperm donor. As there are endless sperm donation possibilities, it very important to do careful research and only consider the reputable donors who have been thoroughly screened. It is best to take help from the fertility clinic and surrogacy professionals who have in-house sperm donor programs, also note down the fertility clinic recommendations to explore your options for finding a sperm donor that might be right for you and your partner.
As you search for the perfect sperm donor, you can consider characteristics such as weight, height, age, nationality, family health background, interests, openness/anonymity and more. There is a lot to think about when searching for a sperm donor for surrogacy, so keep researching with your partner to find the one that best meets your needs for your family.
Note – All sperm donations should be frozen to help ensure the safety and quality of the sperm.
Most sperm banks offer comprehensive information on their websites, allowing intended parents to search for and select a sperm based on a variety of characteristics, including:
- Sperm quality
- Health history
- Professional and educational background
- Shared hobbies
- Anonymity/ Openness
‘’One of the most crucial factors to consider as you browse prospective sperm donors is his preference for anonymity.’’
Note –You will have much more information about your child’s family health history, genetic relationships and more if you choose to work with an open-identified donor.
Few Important Questions to ask related to donor sperm surrogacy
- What information will be available for me about the sperm donor?
- Do you keep up-to-date medical history information for each of your donors?
- How long are medical records kept?
- Will the donor receive any information about me?
- Are donors screened for drug use?
The requirement to become a sperm donor
- Age should be between 21 –45 years
- Should be good in physical and mental health
- Should have a good character background
- No history of any serious medical or genetic illness and STD
- The person should be ready to keep in contact with the IVF Center
Is Surrogacy using Donor Sperm Right for You and Your Partner? Find out with IVF Spring Center
At the established Centre IVF Spring, we understand surrogacy can turn a bit complex process if you are not prepared for it. Our goal is to prepare you through this emotional roller coaster ride. We make sure that you are satisfied and happy before, during and after the fertility solution. Contact us now! And don’t forget to link in with IVF Spring Clinic on social media.