Known sperm donation
Known sperm donation refers to the process in which a person or couple uses sperm from a donor they know personally, such as a friend, a family member, or someone they have chosen.
What is known sperm donation?
Known sperm donation refers to the process in which a person or couple uses sperm from a donor they know personally, such as a friend, a family member, or someone they have chosen. Unlike unknown sperm donation, where the donor’s identity is typically undisclosed, known sperm donation involves a direct connection between the donor and the parent/s.
How does known sperm donation work?
Known sperm donation process begins with a consultation and medical tests for the prospective donor in order to assess their suitability. Both donors and recipients must have implications counselling and sign consent forms to donate the sperm. The sperm needs to be frozen and quarantined for at least three months, after which the donor needs to have further blood tests to ensure that the frozen sperm is safe to be used in treatment.
Donor sperm can be used in IVF/ICSI or IUI, depending on the medical history of the recipient/s. The method involves preparing the donor’s sperm and introducing it to the woman’s reproductive system during ovulation or fertilising her eggs in a lab setting.
When is known sperm donation recommended?
Known sperm donation might be recommended for:
- Male infertility
- Same-sex female couples
- Single women
- To prevent the transmission of a specific genetic condition
- A consultation of the prospective sperm donor with one of our clinicians
- A sperm analysis
- All required pre-quarantine screening blood tests
- An implications counselling session
- A session with the member of the nursing team to support the sperm donor with the consenting process
- Sperm freezing (several samples)
- Post quarantine blood tests
- Clearance of frozen sperm for use