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IVF with Sperm Donor

Sometimes, using your own sperm in your fertility treatment just isn’t an option – whether that’s because you’re having trouble with male fertility, or because you’re a single woman or female couple. If that’s the case, we could still help you start your family by using donor sperm with IVF.

Is IVF with donor sperm right for me?

What does IVF with donor sperm involve?

IVF with sperm donor costs

IVF sperm donor FAQs

Because of the risks involved in home insemination, the HFEA advise that it’s always safer to use donor sperm from a licenced clinic.

There are several reasons why using a licenced fertility clinic is advisable over sourcing sperm from an unregulated company or using a private donor for home insemination:

  • When you use donor sperm from a licenced fertility clinic, the sperm has been screened and rigorously tested for infections and genetic disorders to ensure it’s healthy and safe to use.
  • A sperm donor from a fertility clinic will not be considered the legal parent to your child, be named on the birth certificate, or have any rights over how your future child is raised.
  • A clinic can determine the most accurate time for insemination, enabling the best chance of conception.

Yes, if you are considering using sperm from a known donor, this is an option too. We require known donors to undergo the same careful screening and assessments required by law to determine their suitability for donation. If they are suitable, they will then need to bank enough frozen sperm for your treatment.

If you have a successful treatment cycle, you can arrange to keep an additional sample of your chosen donor’s sperm in store at Care for future treatment to grow your family. However, this is only possible if a further sample of the donor’s sperm is available.

All sperm donors are registered with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

At 16, a donor-conceived child has the right to ask the HFEA whether they were born as a result of fertility treatment. They can also check if they are related to someone they plan to marry, enter into a civil partnership with, or intend to have a relationship with.

At age 18, a donor-conceived child can receive more information from the HFEA, including:

  • The donor’s name
  • Their date of birth
  • The town or district where they were born
  • Their last known postal address.

If a donor-conceived child has given their consent, then at 18, the HFEA can also share their identity with any donor-conceived, genetically related siblings who ask for the information.

Donors can find out the number, sex, and year of birth of any children conceived from their donation. They can’t find out their identity unless a donor-conceived child contacts them.

No, your sperm donor will not be the child’s legal parent and will have no parental rights.

If you are married or in a civil partnership and having IVF with donor sperm, your partner will be the legal father or second parent of your child. If you are not married or in a civil partnership but using donor sperm, there are consent forms that you can choose to complete to ensure that your partner can become the legal father or second parent of your child.

If you are not having treatment with a partner and are not married or in a civil partnership, you will be your child’s only legal parent.

If you’d like to know more about treatment with donor sperm, contact us or get in touch with your local clinic.