What is a donor sperm program?
A donor sperm program involves the use of sperms, that have not come from the husband/male partner, for the infertility treatment procedures like IUI or IVF.
Who requires donated sperms?
Donor sperm programs are especially for those couples where the male partner or the husband has fertility related issues like
- A very poor sperm count or sperm motility rate
- Suffers from sexually transmitted diseases (STD) or some genetic disorders that may pass on to the woman or to the baby that she will conceive
- Cancer patients who has undergone or is on chemotherapy
- Unknown male fertility factors
Lesbian couples and single mothers can also opt for donor sperm programs.
Can anyone become a sperm donor?
No, prior of sperm donation, one need to undergo an extensive screening procedure where he will be tested medically, genetically and psychologically to make sure that sperms extracted from him can result in healthy off springs.
A man can donate sperms if he
- Is healthy, within the age group of 21 to 45
- Have a good sperm count and motility rate
- Does not have any sexually transmitted diseases or genetic disorders
- Is free from addictions like drugs etc
However, the sperm donors may be judged on some other aspects as well like height, weight , built and complexion, their religions, education, family background and medical history.
Types of sperm donors
Sperms donor may be categorized in two different groups:-
The known donors – They are generally the relatives of the husband/male partner, like his brother or cousin whom the couple would like to donate sperms for their infertility treatment cycles. In this way both parents can have biological connections with the baby. Moreover, if the parents want, the baby might know about his/ her biological father. But, this entirely depends upon the couple’s choice.
The Anonymous donors – Here both the potential parents and the donor do not know each other. An anonymous sperm donor is arranged for those couple who does want to relate their future child with his/her biological father. In this scenario the probable parents just come to know about the donor’s physical traits, religion, race, education, medical history and family background. On the other hand, the donor also gives up all his claims on the child born from his donated sperms.
Donor Sperm Program at Sridevi Fertility
The donor sperm program at Sridevi Fertility is entirely established on investigations and counselling. We handpick donors and get them tested exhaustively to ensure that they are physically, genetically and psychologically fit for sperm donation. We test them for STDs, genetic disorders, infectious diseases and addictions. They have to undergo a semen test as well to ensure they are fertile with good sperm count and motility rate. We also investigate about their family, education and medical history before we proceed further.
At Sridevi Fertility, we also organize separate counselling sessions for the donor and the probable parents and explain them the entire process in details. We direct them towards an informed decision making where they know what is upcoming and what might be the expected outcome.
Does donor sperm program guarantees pregnancy?
No, it doesn’t. Pregnancy does not only depends upon sperm alone. There are other factors too that can affect the chances of pregnancy like the age of the woman, the quality of the eggs etc. Our friendly and expert fertility specialists are always there to guide you accordingly.
Does Donor Sperm Program involves financial transaction?
Yes, often sperm donation involves monitory compensation for the donor. However, some donors might not expect anything in return, especially if he is related to the couple (known donor).