IVFAustralia’s sperm donation program helps heterosexual couples, same sex couples and single women successfully conceive their baby.
You can use sperm donated by someone you know, or by someone who has made a de-identified donation directly to our clinic. We provide patients with access to a pool of potential de-identified donors, including donors recruited from overseas.
Who can be a sperm donor?
Healthy men aged between 21 and 45 can donate sperm directly to IVFAustralia. If you have a relative or friend who can donate and is over 45, we can make exceptions to this age limit.
Choosing your sperm donor
After consultation with your fertility specialist and counsellor, to discuss the long term implications of treatment using donated sperm, the next step is to choose a donor that will be suitable for you. You will be given access to our password protected sperm donor programme website.This site holds a database of all the donors that are currently available to choose from.
Here you will be able to view questionnaires written by our donor about themselves and their families.
If you have any questions, or would like to know more about our current donors contact our Donor Program Manager.
How does sperm donation work?
All our donors, whether they are recruited locally or overseas, undergo rigorous preparation for donation, including:
Medical Screening: Thorough medical history, including family and genetic history; tests for HIV, Hepatitis B & C, HTLV I & II, Syphilis, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Chromosomes, Blood Group, Rhesus antibodies and full blood count.
Genetic testing: Performed to screen for cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease, and others depending on ethnic background.
Quarantine: All donors sperm is quarantined for 3 to 6 months, and donors are re-screened for HIV, Hepatitis B and C, HTLV I & II and syphilis prior to release for treatment.
Counselling: Donors and their partners spend time with our counsellors to consider the legal and psychological implications of donation. All donors consent to have their identifying information entered to the NSW Health Central Register, so children born from donation can access it once they turn 18. The counselling is a critical part of enabling donors to understand and be comfortable with the long-term implications of their decision.
Family Limit: All donors are only able to help create five families worldwide. As the donor will also want to have a family of his own, we will only allow four women access to a donor.
Once the donor sperm is released from quarantine, the recipient’s eggs can then be fertilised using either IUI (interuterine insemination) or IVF treatment with ICSI.
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Can donor sperm help me conceive?
Sperm donation can help you have a baby if:
- the male partner in the relationship has no sperm of his own. Remember that with modern ICSI technologies, most cases of male factor infertility can be treated WITHOUT using donated sperm,
- the male partner in the relationship carries a serious genetic or infectious disease,
- you are in a same-sex relationship,
- you are a single woman,
Using donor sperm from overseas
There is currently a severe shortage of donor sperm in Australia, and as such, a waiting list exists. IVFAustralia has an agreement with an overseas clinic to give our patients access to donors recruited in the US, giving more patients access to high calibre donor sperm.
This arrangement meets Australia’s highest ethical standards. IVFAustralia adheres to practices developed by the Reproductive Technology Committee (RTAC) of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA). The recruitment and counselling process for clinic-recruited donors complies fully with the national ethical standards set out by the Australian Health Ethics Committee of the National Health and Medical Resource Council (NHMRC), and the requirements of the 2007 NSW Assisted Reproductive Technology Act, and 2009 Regulations for this Act.
Where do our American donors come from?
An agency based in Seattle recruits American donors for us. For this reason, the recruitment expenses are higher for an American donor than for an Australian donor.
However, the US donors:
- Do not receive any payment other than reasonable expenses,
- Have the same limit on the number of families created, and
- Have consented to their identifying information being made available to any children when they turn 18.
Donor access fees
American Donor access fee $900.00
Australian Donor access fee $500.00
This fee is in addition to your treatment cycle fees.
Some other things to consider
When deciding to use donor sperm there are many psychological, legal and ethical factors to consider. Your IVFAustralia counsellor will help take you through many of these implications to assist you in coming to a fully informed decision.
It is important that potential recipients discuss and understand a range of topics relevant to the welfare of any potential child created from a donation.
Current research and the experiences of offspring conceived through donation suggest that children should be told of their biological origins and that secrecy can have adverse effects on family relationships. Advice on how and when to tell children about their genetic origins is available from your counsellor.
This SBS Insight programme on Sperm Donation aired in October 2013 and explores some of the social issues of sperm donation. Guests include sperm donors, donor conceived children and fertility specialists.
What’s the next step?
To find out more about using Donor Sperm book a consultation with a fertility specialist to discuss your medical history and the options available to help you conceive. Appointments are available in the next couple of weeks and will cost approximately $150 after the Medicare rebate.
Or call our experienced donor team on 1800 111 483 to discuss how our donor program can assist you.