Sperm Donation

What is sperm donation?

Donating sperm in fertility treatment refers to sperm which has been gifted by an eligible male.
Pregnancy using donor sperm can be achieved by using either in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment in one of our specialist laboratories or by intrauterine insemination (IUI), where sperm is injected directly into the woman’s uterus.

Who can benefit from sperm donation?

When we begin work with a patient, we conduct consultations to determine their ideal treatment. Sperm donation may be suggested in cases where the male partner is producing very little sperm, or the sperm produced has so far been unable to fertilise an egg.

Donor sperm may also be used in circumstances where a man has undergone a vasectomy, but the couple decide to try for a pregnancy, or if there could be a risk of passing on a genetic disease or condition.

This route provides a fantastic treatment option for those in a same-sex couple, or for a single woman who is looking to have a baby.

All the staff at RHG are wonderful people, very friendly and caring. The whole process was very straight forward in comparison to what we had encountered previously. Also, it was very apparent to us straight away that the standards at RHG were excellent!

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If you have a question about any of our services, please call us on 01925 202180 or contact us below.

Any questions? Contact us today – we are more than happy to help!

Our guarantees

In UK clinics, law states that sperm donors may only be used where the process has been managed through a Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) licensed clinic.

This means that patients can have peace of mind knowing that the requirements for donating sperm have all been safely met. These include successfully completing certain health and screening checks during and after the donation process.

By managing sperm donation in this professional and safe way, both the patient, the donor and any baby born as a result of the treatment, are safeguarded from a health and a legal point of view.

We also understand that making the choice to use donor sperm can be difficult and that there can be psychological implications for all those involved.

Therefore, at Reproductive Health Group, we ensure that all parties receive the appropriate counselling before treatment is undertaken. Our counselling service is independent, run by an experienced fertility professional and gives the patient the opportunity to discuss any concerns linked with treatment.

Our donor options

At Reproductive Health Group, there are currently two options when seeking fertility treatment using donor sperm.

The first is to purchase sperm from one of two donor banks and import it to our centre at Daresbury Park. This option means that the patient can choose the male who will be donating sperm and will not need to wait until donations become available.

The second option is to choose a known donor. All our patients are assisted throughout the process by highly qualified and experienced professionals including clinicians, embryologists, nurses and counsellors.

A change in law during 2005 involving donating sperm and eggs means that any child born as a result of treatment with donor sperm has the right to access information held about that donor through the HFEA. In most circumstances, the child cannot access this information until the ages of 16 and 18, however, there are exceptions linked with serious health issues.

If patients are thinking about purchasing sperm, they must ensure that the donor sperm complies with UK law. Patients should discuss their treatment options with the consultant and then contact our sperm donor coordinator through donorenquiries@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk

Our coordinator will liaise with the sperm bank when it comes to approving the man who is donating sperm and organising the shipping of the sample(s). Once the sperm is in our laboratory, you can proceed to the next step of treatment which is usually IVF or IUI.

Here at RHG we can provide easy access to sperm from both the UK and overseas.

If you are looking to donate your sperm and would like more information, please contact our  sperm donor specialists at donorenquiries@reproductivehealthgroup.co.uk.

Alternatively, feel free to contact us to discuss your options and begin your fertility journey.

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