Receiving donor sperm
What does treatment using donor sperm involve?
We use donor sperm to treat patients for a variety of reasons: it may be that your male partner isn’t producing his own sperm, you may be women in a same sex relationship or a single women wishing to have a child.
Donor insemination uses the technique of intra-uterine insemination (IUI) which involves placing motile sperm in your uterus at the time of ovulation. It can also be used in IVF and ICSI treatments.
Who are our sperm donors?
We don’t currently have our own donor bank at Bath Fertility, consequently we usually import donor samples from three clinics who meet all HFEA licence requirements. All donors have had a full family medical history taken and are screened in a similar way to blood donors.
Occasionally patients ask to have treatment using a donor that is known to them (e.g. a friend or a member of their family). In these cases, a strict process is followed and requires full screening and counselling for both the donor and recipient.
Finding a sperm donor
There are three donor banks that you can use: the overseas clinics that we use are European Sperm Bank (Denmark) or Xytex (USA). We ask that you select and purchase your own donors unless your treatment is NHS funded. The clinic provides comprehensive detailed information about their donors and will guide you through the purchasing process. We maintain good communication links with the clinics and will liaise closely with them to ensure the safe arrival of samples in Bath.
You can also use the UK based donor bank Semovo. Semovo don’t currently have an online sperm catalogue, however there’s a form on their website which should be completed with your sperm donor preferences. Semovo will then search their internal catalogue for the donors that are the closest match and get back to you.
We’re aware that other donor banks exist, however we only import from these three due to continued good relationships, comprehensive third party agreements and good success rates.
Please note if you have NHS funding for the purchase of donor sperm we only have approval from the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) to use the UK bank Semovo.
How successful is treatment using donor sperm?
Success of treatments using donor sperm is very much dependent upon your age, fertility diagnosis and the type of treatment used. Our average pregnancy rate for Donor Insemination is 23% but the latest information can be found at the HFEA website. For more info, please call 01761 434464 and speak to one of our dedicated patient advisors who can help you with any questions you might have.