Using donor sperm for IUI or IVF fertility treatment is much more common than you might think.
About 40% of all reported cases if infertility (trying to get pregnant without success for 6-12 months, depending on age) can be attributed to male factors.
When a male partner is unable to produce enough viable sperm to achieve fertilization of his females partner’s egg, a sperm donor may be used for intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF).
A sperm donor may also be recommended if a male partner has a genetic disease that he doesn’t want to risk passing on, by single women who want to have a child, or as an LGBT fertility option.
How Sperm Donation Works
Once Dr Morgan has recommended the use of a sperm donor and you and your partner have determined to proceed, our clinical staff will help you coordinate the selection of a donor from a trusted outside company. Once a donor is selected, the sperm will be shipped to our office for storage until your female partner is ready for her procedure (either IUI or IVF).
Who Provides the Sperm?
You have the option of using a known or anonymous donor. If using an anonymous donor, we help coordinate with a trusted sperm bank where registered sperm donors have been per-screened for infections and inheritable genetic diseases. In most cases, it is not difficult for parents to find a donor who looks similar to them.
Those who wish to use a known sperm donor should know that he will be required to undergo a routine psychological consultation as per guidelines recommended by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. This isn’t as much to identify any underlying psychological issues as it is to prepare the donor for long term considerations.