If you are a single woman and want to conceive on your own, you have the option of using donor sperm. There are two donor sperm options:
- "Directed" donor sperm from someone who is known to the patient. The donor is usually a friend or acquaintance with whom you are not intimate.
- Anonymous donor sperm that you may purchase from a commercial sperm bank.
When to Consider Donor Sperm
If you do not have a male partner and are ready to have a child, donor sperm can give you the opportunity to conceive. On the other hand, if you wish to preserve your chance of conceiving but are not comfortable using donor sperm, you may wish to consider egg freezing.
What to Expect During Treatment
After a full fertility evaluation and discussion with your physician at Olive, you will need a consultation with a counselor to discuss the emotional, psychological, and social aspects of using donor sperm. Subsequently, you will meet with our donor sperm nursing team to help you navigate the process of choosing a sperm donor.
If you are using a directed donor, then the process is more involved. The potential donor will need:
- Infectious disease testing
- Semen analysis
- Consultation with a counselor to discuss the implications of donating sperm.
A directed donor may have parental rights and obligations so these implications should be considered seriously. Legal consultation is required. In addition, the donor’s sperm will need to be quarantined at a commercial sperm bank in Toronto for at least six months before use and additional infectious disease testing will be required at that time.
How Successful Is It?
Because anonymous donor sperm is from young, healthy men, the success of treatment depends mainly on female factors. Depending on the results of your testing, your doctor will suggest a treatment plan, ranging from simple intrauterine insemination (IUI) to IVF-ICSI.
How to Get Started
Ask your GP or walk-in clinic for a referral to Olive. Your Olive physician will review the details and help you get started.