Donor Sperm, Also Donor Insemination (DI)
For patients who are diagnosed as being unable to conceive without it, using donor sperm can be a relatively straightforward medical and social decision.
Who Needs It?
Patients where the man…
• has no sperm and there is no effective medical or surgical treatment possible > has an hereditary condition that has a high chance of being passed on to his children
• has sperm with severe impairment of sperm number, motility or quality
Single women and same sex couples who…
• have been diagnosed with clinical infertility (as determined by the Medical Director).
• who are unable to achieve a pregnancy without the use of donor sperm.
What is the success rate for conception?
20% following every cycle of DI.
DI may be the simplest and most successful ART option for many infertile patients. We limit DI to 2 cycles because of low availability of donor sperm. We then offer couples IVF treatment. The woman is required to undergo a test to confirm that the fallopian tubes are open prior to having DI.
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS – SPERM DONORS
• 21 to 45 years
• in good health with no history of hereditary disease
• if married or in a de facto relationship, the donor’s partner must have counselling
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS – SPERM RECIPIENTS
• 18 to 45 years
• must meet the requirements of the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act (2008)
For more information visit Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA)
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