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According to the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority, around 14,500 fertility treatments are carried out in the UK using donated sperm or donated eggs. For some people, accepting sperm or egg donors is the only way pregnancy is possible. You might need a sperm donor for a number of reasons. Find out about the process for receiving donor sperm and how it works at Wessex Fertility.

Is Donor Conception the Fertility Treatment for You?

One of the first questions you need to ask yourself is whether donor conception is the right fertility treatment for you. It may be that you don’t require a donor to get pregnant. If you are unsure, this is something we can discuss in a consultation. However, if you are looking to conceive with the help of a donor, we will recommend that donor conception is right for you if:

  • You are single
  • You are in a same sex couple
  • Your own sperm or eggs are unlikely to result in a pregnancy
  • You are not producing any eggs or sperm of your own
  • You have a very high risk of passing on an inherited disease.

Whatever the reason you need sperm donor conception, there are different pathways to treatment that will vary depending on your requirements.

Receiving Donor Sperm: The Treatment Process

As a couple or individual receiving donor treatment, the process for receiving sperm donation is outlined in detail below.

Step 1: Initial Consultation and Scan

The first stage in any fertility process is an initial consultation and scan with our experts at Wessex Fertility. Our fertility specialists will devise a personalised treatment plan after performing a scan. We are extremely thorough at Wessex Fertility and devise treatment plans catered specifically to the individual.

Step 2: Blood Tests

After you have had the initial consultation and your treatment plan has been agreed upon, you will be required to have the following blood tests:

  • Hepatitis B Surface Antigen
  • Hepatitis B Core Antibody
  • Hepatitis C
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • CMV

Step 3: Counselling Session with Qualified Specialists

Due to the emotional and physical implications of using a sperm donor, we recommend that anyone undergoing treatment takes part in our counselling sessions. We provide counselling sessions for individuals and couples. These sessions are an opportunity to work through your feelings with a fully qualified professional and to gain any emotional support you may need throughout your treatment process. At Wessex Fertility, we support you every step of the way.

Step 4: Treatment Consultation

The next stage is booking a treatment consultation with our nursing team where your treatment protocol will be explained in detail and any questions you may have will be answered. During this consultation you will also be shown how to administer any medication.

Step 5: Donor Selection

if you are having treatment with donor sperm chosen from our clinic, we will work to match you with a suitable donor. We will also walk you through the consent forms and answer any questions you have as we go. If you are choosing to use a donor from outside of the clinic, we can give you advice on how best to proceed.

Step 6: Insemination Treatment

At this point you will be ready to have the insemination treatment. Depending on whether you are having Intra Uterine Insemination or In Vitro Fertilisation, the process may differ. So, we have outlined the full processes for each below.

The Types of Sperm Donor

In the UK, there are different types of sperm donor. To avoid any confusion, we have separated the donor types clearly for you below:

Altruistic Donors: these are the men who have donated their sperm purely in the hope of giving someone else the chance to have a family. Altruistic donors do not know who they are donating their sperm to and they will not know any details of future children that may be born as a result of their donation. However, in the UK, once children reach the age of 18 the law allows them to access information about their donor so that they can discover their identity if they want to.

Known Donors: these are donors who have agreed to donate their sperm to a couple or individual they know. In the case of known donors, because both parties know each other’s identities, it is important to consider the emotional complications this can cause for everyone involved. While known donor arrangements can often prove very successful, we strongly recommend counselling for everyone involved.

At Wessex Fertility, whether you know the donor or not, we screen all our donors thoroughly before any sperm donations take place. What’s more, a donor can be chosen with physical characteristics that match those of the parent. This is an option many people appreciate when undergoing sperm donor treatment.

The Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) Process

  1. Referral
  2. Pre-treatment
  3. Preliminary tests, screenings, and initial consultation
  4. Counselling to discuss the implications
  5. Consents and planning
  6. Coordinating with the donor and providing the sperm
  7. Insemination
  8. The wait
  9. Outcome

The In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Process

  1. Referral
  2. Pre-treatment
  3. Counselling to discuss the implications
  4. Signing all the consent form and discussing how to use treatment drugs
  5. Starting treatment
  6. Ovulation stimulation and monitoring

Fertility Treatments with Donor Sperm

Wessex Fertility offer IUI and IVF fertility treatments using donor sperm. Not only can we help you find a sperm donor that’s right for you, but we can also support you throughout your treatment. Making the decision to go ahead with donor insemination can be scary, but at Wessex Fertility we are here for you every step of the way. Our sperm donor treatments have seen heterosexual couples, same sex couples, and single women have the families they’ve always dreamed of.

If you would like to find out how we could help you, please do not hesitate to get in touch today.

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