Some couples may only be able to achieve pregnancy by using eggs or sperm from another person (the donor).
The use of donor eggs is an alternative for older women when their own eggs don’t work well or where ovarian function has ceased prematurely in younger women. This procedure involves using the eggs of a donor after stimulation of the donor’s ovaries. The eggs are fertilised with sperm from the recipient’s male partner and the embryos are transferred to the uterus of the recipient.
Approximately one in twenty five males is unable to father a child due to a medical or genetic reason.
One in eight infertile couples requires the use of donor sperm to achieve a pregnancy.
Single women, or those in same sex relationships, also require the use of donor sperm in order to achieve a pregnancy. Donor sperm can be used as part of an IVF procedure or in an insemination treatment.
At Next Generation Fertility we have two programs for donated sperm:
- Clinic recruited donors from Australia: These donors are recruited by the clinic and are available for use by a maximum of five recipients. Next Generation Fertility will reimburse reasonable travel and medical costs.
- Known donors: These donors are known to the recipient and are available for their use exclusively. All costs involved are paid for by the recipient. This type of donor is recommended for fertile single women wanting to use donor sperm for insemination purposes, as the number of suitable clinic recruited donors for this purpose is very limited.
What does sperm donation involve?
Those who wish to donate sperm must attend counselling with a Next Generation Fertility approved counsellor. During this counselling session(s), issues relating to the donation of sperm are discussed. A spouse or partner (if applicable) must attend with you. Having attended this counselling session(s), you are asked to give your consent, in writing, for the donation of sperm. Please note that you can withdraw your consent at any stage of the process, up to the point of embryo formation.
Donors must be:
- Aged between 21-45 years (preferably less than 40 years old).
- Be familiar with the NSW Central Donor Register and agree to identifying information being kept on that register.
- Prepared to consent to the release of identifying information when any child born to your donation reaches the age of 18. Donor treatment can only be facilitated under circumstances where the child can know their genetic parents.
- Compliant with all relevant legislation and regulation relating to donation of gametes. (Reproductive Treatment Accreditation Committee (RTAC) Code of Practice; National Health & Medical Research Committee (NHMRC) Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research September 2004, Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007).
- Prepared to provide information on previous donations, if relevant.
- Prepared to undertake screening tests for known infectious and genetic diseases.
- Prepared to have all frozen semen quarantined for 6 months and undertake repeat screening tests prior to release of the semen for use within the clinic.
- Prepared to undergo counselling (this includes with partner if relevant).
- Able to provide a genetic family medical history.
- Prepared to release non-identifying medical information to the recipients to enable informed consent.
To become a donor or for more information, please call the NSW Donor Coordinator on 1300 330 577 or complete the contact form below: