IVF Treatment using donor sperm

Father and children

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.

Donor selection

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:


Independent counselling is offered to all patients wishing to embark on the programme.


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CARE Fertility Pioneering Firsts

1978 - World's first IVF baby

1981 - First male factor patient treated

1982 - World's first baby delivered after intrauterine sperm/egg transfer

1984 - World's first baby from blastocyst transfer

1990 - World's first baby born after micro-injection

1992 - Britain's first SUZI treatment baby

1992 - Britain's first "sugar drop" frozen embryo baby

1996 - World's first testicular spermatid baby

2007 - Europe's first baby born following embryo screening using Comparative Genomic Hybridisation (CGH)

2009 - Birth of World's First baby following array CGH screening

2010 - UK's first baby born through PGD for HLA tissue matching

2010 - Blastocyst Chromosome Screening - UK's first baby born

2010 - First multi-factorial genetic chromosome tissue typing and translocation analysis of embryos in an IVF cycle

2010 - First UK based total treatment cycle for PGD and HLA Tissue Matching - Fanconi Anaemia

2011 - First UK pregnancy following use of an Embryoscope

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