Cork Fertility has been helping couples and individuals conceive using imported donor sperm since 2002. Sperm donation is used in conjunction with other fertility treatments such as IUI and IVF in order to achieve pregnancy.
The live birth rate for our sperm donation programme is 22%.
When should sperm donation be considered?
Sperm donation may be an option in the following situations:
- Where a genetic abnormality carried by the male partner could be inherited
- Following repeated failed ICSI/TESA cycles for suboptimal sperm quality
- For same sex and single women who wish to become pregnant
Where does donor sperm come from?
At present, we source all of our donor sperm from two sperm banks in Denmark:
What testing procedures do donors go through?
All donors have to go through a rigorous screening process. This includes:
- A thorough interview where they will be questioned about their medical history, their family’s medical history, and a detailed sexual history (number of sexual partners, history of sexually transmitted infections).
- They also have to undergo a physical examination. This is to detect any abnormalities and also to assess risky lifestyle practices.
- Blood tests are performed to detect:
- Blood type and Rhesus status
- HIV 1 and 2
- HTVL 1 and 2 (Human T cell lymphotropic viruses)
- Hepatitis B C
- Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections, Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Chromosomal disorders
Semen and blood samples from the donor are tested at two different time points to make sure all results are accurate. Firstly they are tested when the man applies to become a donor. The samples are then frozen for 6 months and re-tested. It is only when the results of the second testing have been cleared that the man can become a donor.