This section contains important information regarding Sperm Donation. If considering becoming a donor or recipient then please review this section carefully.

Regulation of Sperm Donation

We suggest you read the leaflet “What you need to know about donating sperm, eggs or embryos” produced by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the official government body regulating and licensing IVF units in this country.

Why is Donated Sperm Required?

The purpose of this section is to help potential donors explore the implications of donating sperm using several methods of treatment ranging from the simpler methods such as DI to the more complicated, such as IVF and/or ICSI with donated sperm. This...

Male Subfertility Causes

This section contains information regarding the causes of male sub fertility.

Matching Donors

Explanation as to how we match donors to recipients.

Donor & Recipient Counselling

This page provides advice on counselling, for both donors and recipients.

Implication counselling

Free counselling services with a trained counsellor are routinely available to all upon request. It can be carried out in The Centre or away from the unit in the Department of Clinical Psychology which you may find less stressful.

How are the Donors selected?

Donors undergo the procedure voluntarily and for altruistic reasons.

Screening of Donors

All donors undergo an initial consultation with the specialist doctors in The Centre. Medical history is very important in ensuring that no risks are knowingly and/or negligently passed on to the child/children. The donors have to be 18 to 45 years...

Should we consider the use of donated sperm?

The purpose of this leaflet is to help potential donors explore the implications of donating sperm using several methods of treatment ranging from the simpler methods such as DI to the more complicated, such as IVF and/or ICSI with donated sperm.

What is the risk of a congenital abnormality?

The risk of a congenital abnormality after treatment using donor eggs is believed to be the same as for natural conception in a normal couple that is approximately 1 – 2%. The risk of having a child with Down’s syndrome and other similar abnormalities, mis...

How are the Donors matched to the Recipients?

Physical characteristics such as height, weight, body build, hair colour, complexion, eye colour, race and blood group etc are recorded.

Freezing of Embryos

Please note that the decisions regarding freezing, storing and discarding embryos formed with donated sperm must comply with written consents of both the donor and recipient. This includes for how long embryos can be stored and whether or not they can...

Treatment Methods (Sperm Donor)

This is a relatively simple method of treatment, involves placing the sperm in the cervix (as a thawed semen preparation) – often referred to as ICI – or directly into the womb (as a washed culture of spermatozoa) – usually referred to as Intra Uteri...

Treatment Methods (Sperm Recipients)

Fertility drugs such as Clomifene citrate is commonly used to encourage the development of eggs within a follicle and then to ovulate (release of the egg).

Nurse consultation

Once the doctors have taken your history, your screening tests have been obtained and if the results are normal, a nurse consultation appointment is arranged when you would sign your consents with the nurse’s assistance, any outstanding tests are arranged, a...