Approximately one in twenty five males is unable to father a child due to a medical or genetic reason.
One in eight infertile couples requires the use of donor sperm to achieve a pregnancy.
Single women, or those in same sex relationships, also require the use of donor sperm in order to achieve a pregnancy. Donor sperm can be used as part of an IVF procedure or in an insemination treatment. Your doctor will assist you in selecting your best treatment option.
At Monash IVF we have three programs for donated sperm:
- Clinic recruited donors from Australia: These donors are recruited by the clinic and are available for use by numerous recipients (A clinic recruited donor is allowed a total of 10 families within Australia). Monash IVF will reimburse reasonable travel and medical costs.
- Clinic recruited Donor Sperm from Overseas – Donor Sperm from the European Sperm Bank in the USA is now available for patients having treatment at the Monash IVF clinics in Queensland. Clinics need to be contacted for a list of available sperm donors that meet the Australian legislative requirements.
- Known donors: These donors are known to the recipient and are available for their use exclusively. All costs involved are paid for by the recipient. This type of donor is recommended for fertile single women wanting to use donor sperm for insemination purposes, as the number of suitable clinic recruited donors for this purpose is very limited.
What does sperm donation involve?
Those who wish to donate sperm must attend counselling with a Monash IVF approved counsellor. During this counselling session(s), issues relating to the donation of sperm are discussed. A spouse or partner (if applicable) must attend with you. Having attended this counselling session(s), you are asked to give your consent, in writing, for the donation of sperm. Please note that you can withdraw your consent at any stage of the process, up to the point of embryo formation.
Donors must be:
- Aged between 21- 45 years. (preferably less than 40 years old)
- Prepared to consent to the release of identifying information to child. Donor treatment can only be facilitated under circumstances where the child can know their genetic parents.
- Compliant with all relevant legislation and regulation relating to donation of gametes. (Reproductive Treatment Accreditation Committee (RTAC) Code of Practice; National Health & Medical Research Committee (NHMRC) Ethical guidelines on the use of assisted reproductive technology in clinical practice and research September 2004, Vic. Human Tissue Act 1982).
- Prepared to provide information on previous donations and agree to limit births to no more than 10 families, if relevant.
- Prepared to undertake screening tests for known infectious and genetic diseases.
- Prepared to have all frozen semen quarantined for 6 months and undertake repeat screening tests prior to release of the semen for use within the clinic.
- Prepared to undergo counselling (this includes with partner if relevant)
- Able to provide a genetic family medical history i.e. not be adopted.
- Prepared to release non-identifying medical information to the recipients to enable informed consent.
For more information about becoming a sperm donor please complete the online enquiry form below or call 1800 628 533.