For some people, the use of donor sperm is the only option for creating a family. The Melbourne IVF donor sperm program offers treatment using either clinic-recruited donor sperm (where the sperm donor has been recruited by Melbourne IVF), or recipient-recruited donor sperm (where the recipient couple/woman has provided their own sperm donor).
Using a sperm donor to help you conceive
Who can be a sperm donor?
Healthy men between 25 and 45 years of age may be recruited by Melbourne IVF as clinic donors. Known sperm donors are assessed for suitability on an individual basis.
Who can use donated sperm?
Treatment with donor sperm may be required to help you achieve your dream of having a baby if you are a:
- Woman in a same-sex relationship,
- Single woman, or
- Heterosexual couple with severe male factor infertility (usually total absence of sperm production) or a history of serious genetic or medical disorder.
Treatment options using donor sperm
Treatment with donor sperm may be by intrauterine insemination (IUI) or IVF with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). The recommended treatment will depend on your circumstances, the quality and amount of sperm available for use, and any previous treatments.
The IUI procedure involves insertion of sperm through the cervix at the time of the woman’s ovulation. When using donor sperm the frozen sperm sample will be thawed just prior to the IUI procedure.
IVF using donor sperm is recommended if IUI treatment has not resulted in pregnancy, where the sperm quality is inadequate for IUI, where there is only a small amount of suitable sperm stored, or otherwise where medically indicated.
All IVF cycles using clinic-recruited donor sperm involve the use of IVF with Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI) »
The sperm donation process for donors
Find out more about the process for sperm donors »
Is sperm donation right for me?
Attend a special free public information seminar dedicated to providing information about the Melbourne IVF sperm donor program. These seminars are held intermittently throughout the year.
Download our sperm donation recipient booklet which tells you more about treatment using a sperm donor.
Phone our Community Liaison Administrators on 1800 111 483 or contact us for more information about using donated sperm.
Getting started using donor sperm
If you wish to use a sperm donor to help you conceive, and whether you have your own sperm donor or require a clinic-recruited donor, contact our Community Liaison Administrator on 1800 111 483 or via our website.
Treatment with donor sperm (IUI or IVF) requires a referral from your GP and a series of appointments.
Fertility specialist appointment
During an appointment with your Melbourne IVF fertility specialist you will undergo a medical evaluation to assess any factors influencing your fertility and to determine the appropriate treatment for you. Your fertility specialist will discuss the necessary screening tests and sign the required treatment consent forms with you.
Women and couples using donor sperm are required to attend a minimum of two sessions with a Melbourne IVF counsellor to discuss the social and legal issues around donor-conceived families.
Sperm donors (and their partner, where applicable), whether clinic-recruited or recipient-recruited, are also required to attend a minimum of two counselling sessions with a Melbourne IVF counsellor to discuss the social and legal issues around donor-conceived families.
All parties – recipients, donors and partners, where applicable –will need to sign detailed consent forms regarding the use of donor sperm before treatment may commence.
If the donor is known to the recipient, a joint counselling session may be scheduled.
Nursing information session
We will organise an information session for you with a nurse to discuss the process in detail prior to commencing it.
Melbourne IVF will arrange for donor profiles of currently available clinic-recruited sperm donors to be made available to recipients once the counselling and medical appointments have been completed.
Before commencing the donation process, sperm donor recipients must organise a Criminal (Police) Record check and a Child Protection Order check.