Receiving Donor Sperm

Using a sperm donor

There are two optional pathways for using donor sperm. The first, using either clinic-recruited donor sperm (where the sperm donor has been recruited by Melbourne IVF), or recipient-recruited donor sperm (where the recipient woman/ couple has provided their own sperm donor).

Who can receive donor sperm

  • Woman in a same sex and gender diverse couple, or
  • 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.
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Treatment options using donor sperm

The recommended treatment will depend on your circumstances, the quality and amount of sperm available for use, and any previous treatments. I will discuss these options with you at your initial appointment:

  • Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).
  • IVF – 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 dedicated Melbourne IVF donor team provides guidance and support throughout the entire process, helping recipients make considered and informed decisions.

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