Unlike egg donation , sperm donation is more straight forward.
Sperm donation is usually used as a last resort when all other methods of sperm retrieval have failed.
Scenarios where sperm donation is used:
- Patients with testicular failure
- Patients who underwent radiotherapy for cancer.
- Azoospermia( no sperm in the semen or testicular biopsy)
- Repeated IVF failures with own sperm
- High chances of chromosomal abnormalities in babies
We insist that all the donors are healthy, non-smoking males between the ages of 18 – 35 years. Traditionally, we use only anonymous sperm donors through registered donor banks. You can also use a donor of your choice.
Process of a sperm donation cycle:
- Appropriate consents are signed by all parties
- The recipient is stimulated with gonadotropins to develop multiple eggs.
- Once several follicles are matured , all the eggs are collected.
After fertilization of the eggs with the donor sperm the embryos are incubated for either 3 or 5 days depending on the type of transfer.
Concurrently , the recipient woman is placed on medication to stimulate a healthy uterine lining.
Once the endometrium (uterine lining) is ready with “triple lining” , the Embryo transfer process is initiated.
This process of timing the ICSI / IVF , developing the uterine lining in the recipient and embryo development in the lab requires sufficient skill and experience for a successful implantation.