Intrauterine insemination (IUI) with donor sperm is may be recommended for some heterosexual couples dealing with “male factor” and all lesbian couples.
In consultation with your New Hope team, sperm donors can be either known or anonymous, but it is typical to find a lower cost, due to FDA regulations and the related requirement for infectious disease testing, with the utilization of approved donor sperm.
While the donor insemination is a rather simple solution, the quality of the donor sperm used plays a large role in the likelihood of success. The New Hope lab and clinical team will provide you with everything you need to understand how your donor semen will be procured from the highest quality sperm banks. It’s important to understand that sperm donors are screen for transmissible diseases. These include, but are not limited to, Chlamydia, Cytomegalovirus, Gonorrhea, Hepatitis B and C, and Syphilis. Furthermore, donor sperm is cryopreserved and quarantined for six months before it is made available for use.
We understand that you desire to know as much as possible about your anonymous sperm donor. Profiles are available online which summarize each available donor’s family and medical history. It is normally accompanied with a short personal narrative as well as information about the sperm donor’s physical characteristics such as eye color, hair color, skin tone and blood type.
Often, a donor’s ethnicity and education level are often listed for review and some of the sperm banks we utilize off pictures and other data on sperm donors for an additional fee.
You’ll find you will be able to comfortably arrange to have your chosen semen specimens shipped directly from the sperm bank to The New Hope Center For Reproductive Medicine. At New Hope, the specimen will be housed in our state-of-the-art facility, kept frozen and safe until you are ready to use it. Cryopreserved specimens do incur a storage fee which is assessed on a quarterly or yearly basis depending on the term needed by the patient.
Using a Designated or Directed Sperm Donor
Today, some patients request to use a relative or non-intimate friend as a designated sperm donor. Utilizing a male sibling or another male relative as the sperm donor can contribute in designated cases to an even more complete genetic family. In such cases, it’s important to note that the sperm donor cannot be genetically related. A directed sperm donor will require a full panel of infectious disease screening just as is the case for sperm bank specimens. A six month quarantine of the frozen sperm is also required. It’s important to note that directed sperm donation will be less expensive but can potentially cause social complications in the future. The New Hope Center offers counseling to help guide you.