What is Donor Insemination?
Donor insemination (also known as DI) involves the artificial insemination of semen received from a donor into the uterus of the woman to achieve a pregnancy.
The donor’s semen is stored in liquid nitrogen and thawed on the day of your insemination. The process is simple and painless, taking approximately 15 minutes. Most women describe it as similar to a pap smear.
Once pregnancy occurs, it’s no different from if you had conceived naturally. There is no increase in any of the complications of pregnancy or delivery with an artificial insemination.
With at least one functioning fallopian tube, approximately 50-60% of women will conceive through donated sperm within 6-9 cycles of treatment.
There are two types of sperm donors that may be able to help you have a baby. You can either choose a known donor from outside of the clinic (such as a friend), or select an unknown donor from the donors at the fertility clinic.
If you choose a donor from our donor list, you’ll be given non-identifying information including nationality, ethnic origin, blood group, physical characteristics (such as height, build, eye colour, hair colour and skin tone) of the donor. You can then decide if you are happy to accept sperm from that donor.
If you choose to find your own donor, they need to be aged between 18-55 years of age, be in good health with no personal history of hereditary disease, not be in a high risk HIV group, and willing to complete a lifestyle declaration, blood and semen screening tests, and legal documentation.
All donors who provide sperm for our fertility clinic need to pass a number of rigorous screening tests before their sperm is utilised.
All donor sperm is frozen and stored for six months prior to an insemination. For this reason, if known donor insemination is an option you might like to pursue, we recommend you contact us sooner rather than later, so that the necessary tests for both you and your donor can be completed.
Is Donor Insemination suitable for me?
Around 30% of fertility issues for heterosexual couples are caused by male infertility. In addition, a growing number of women wanting to have a baby may not always have or want a male partner to help them fulfill their dream of having a baby.
Fortunately, for those women under the age of 35, donor insemination is one of the options available.