IVF Treatment using donor sperm
In approximately one third of infertility cases, there is a problem with the sperm there may be too few, or the motility may be impaired, the sperm may be abnormal or there may be no sperm at all. In some cases, the use of the partner's sperm carries risks of inheritable conditions, and a decision is made by the couple to use donated sperm.
There are two treatment approaches using donor sperm. The first is donor insemination (DI) which can be used in cases where there is only male factor infertility. The second approach is IVF with donor sperm, which is used when there are other fertility factors eg. the woman has blocked fallopian tubes.
Same sex couples and single women
We have been treating same sex couples and single women who wish to have a baby for a number of years. Our dedicated Donation Team has a strong reputation for their caring and supportive approach to patient needs.
CARE has managed a successful Donor Sperm programme for many years. Every effort is made to match the physical characteristics and blood group of the patient's partner where appropriate. All donors are carefully selected, fully screened and registered with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority(HFEA) as a legal requirement. Donors must comply with the following criteria:
- have good sperm counts
- be aged between 18 and 40 years
- be in good health
- no personal or family history of sexually transmitted diseases
- no current infection of an STD
Independent counselling is offered to all patients wishing to embark on the programme.