Donor Sperm IVF

General Information

We are going to discuss about donor sperm IVF, but before proceeding with, let’s get the basics clear about what is IVF? In vitro fertilization is a fertility treatment wherein eggs and sperms are made to fertilize outside the body in a laboratory, post which the embryos are placed in the uterus. In donor sperm IVF procedure the sperm is obtained from a known or anonymous donor. The decision of using a sperm donor to have a baby using IVF treatment is not an easy one, so it’s important that you read this blog post to know all the relevant information related to donor sperm IVF.

‘’Donor Sperm IVF is used in situations where a male partner is infertile’’.

The basic steps connected in a process of IVF with donor sperm are:

  • Ovulation induction( It is a key step in the process of IVF), which takes place about 36 hours after taking the medication
  • Thawing procedure of the samples that were previously frozen
  • Ovum pick-up (OPU) to retrieve the woman’s eggs
  • Fertilization in the laboratory via conventional IVF or ICSI
  • Embryo culture
  • Transfer of the embryos with the highest quality to the woman’s uterus
  • Pregnancy test by measuring the levels of beta-hCG(human chorionic gonadotropin) hormone.

The main difference lies in the semen sample, which certainly undergoes a freezing-thawing process when the partner’s sperm is not used.

In every sperm donation procedure, the sperm donor is properly screened for the presence of any infectious diseases. Blood tests are necessary at the very beginning of the process and again within 6 months with the purpose of making sure the sample is free from HIV and other viral infectious diseases.

"The survival rate of sperm after going through the freezing-thawing procedure depends on the quality of the sample and the state at which it was defrosted”.

The Process involves a fertile male donating sperm at a clinic in which the clinic then stores for later use. When a person wants to use donated sperm within a medical setting, standard assisted reproduction technology (ART) techniques are used. Couples use donor sperm for IVF treatment when the husband/partner has no sperm or a very poor semen analysis (Azoospermia – an absence of sperm, Oligospermia(low sperm count), poor motility), or when there is a genetic complication which could be inherited from the male. Single women who want a biological child also use donor sperm for IVF treatment, as well as LGBTQ couples also may consider using donor sperm as means to conceiving.

'’ Donor Sperm IVF enables pregnancy in women who are single or in same-sex relationships’’.

Donor Sperm IVF Success Rates

The chances for pregnancy with donor sperm IVF depend on several factors, including the age of the patient, which is in fact determinant for the outcome of the treatment. Other factors such as the cause of infertility can also have an influence on the outcomes of donor sperm IVF. If the woman meets all the requirements in terms of age, normal egg supply, absence of menstrual irregularities, etc, using donor sperm normally increases the success rates.

‘’The highest success rates for Donor sperm IVF are reported in women who have no infertility problems, are under 35 years old and whose partner/ husband has Azoospermia (no sperm).''

‘’Lower success rates are reported where there is a female factor (ovulation problem, endometriosis etc) or the women is over 35.’’

‘’Success rates vary from 60-80% but achieving pregnancy can take many cycles’’.

  • Male infertility – When male infertility is an obstacle to having a baby, donor sperm IVF is considered to be an effective method. Also, it allows the woman to keep on with being the biological mother

  • Lesbian couples-  In the case of single women, one partner can get pregnant and give birth to a child, which means she is the child’s biological mother 

  • Single females It permits them to share 50% of their genetic material with that of the baby and experience pregnancy

  • Offspring may inherit a disease or medical condition, as the sperm bank, the clinic might not be aware of a disease or condition present in the donor’s family history, or the donor could lie about it or mask information

  • Coping with the fact that the child will not be biologically related to the intended father is hard for some couples

  • Not using your partner’s sperm can affect you emotionally and mentally, also it can create a fear regarding their relationship between child and parents

  • Lesser number of sperm donors are available for the donor sperm IVF procedure because a tough screening process with legal formalities makes it quite challenging for sperm donors to be eligible for sperm donation

You can opt for an anonymous donor or non-anonymous donor/known donor, talk with your fertility specialist before taking any decision and also be aware of the sperm donation laws and the legal responsibilities. Seeking advice from fertility lawyers is strongly advisable.

‘’The cost of donor sperm IVF varies from clinic to clinic, also depending on your treatment plan. The general cost can range anywhere from $ 300 to $4,000.’’


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Is Donor Sperm IVF safe?

Yes, Donor sperm IVF treatment is a very safe procedure, with the newer technology and years of development in the fertility field, you don’t have to worry about the safety, just make sure you go to the best clinic.

Why should i/we consider counselling before donor sperm IVF?

It is very important to be psychologically ready to move forward with donor sperm. So counselling is a very crucial step before proceeding with the donor sperm IVF treatment.  In the counselling session talk openly about your fears and questions related to donor sperm IVF treatment.

How do I choose a donor?

You have the right to choose which sperm bank and which donor to use for your donor sperm ivf treatment. Make sure you use a sperm bank if you do not want the sperm donor to have any involvement with your child’s life. Make sure you select a reputable sperm bank, as a  good sperm bank follows all the guidelines and protocols that require sperm donors to be healthy. Before choosing a donor make sure you don’t eliminate donors who may meet most , but not all, of your criteria, have a look through donor profiles and try to gain a sense of the donor’s personality  as choosing a donor that you can relate to or feel that you could be friends with is great. 

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