What is sperm donation? When is it recommended?
Male infertility leads to failure in natural conception and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) failure cycles. Sperm Donation is known as third-party reproduction. Sperm Donation is a procedure in which a man other than the intended couple donates his semen sample containing sperm released during ejaculation. Sperm donation helps an individual or a couple conceive a baby by fertilizing the female partner’s egg.
Donated sperm is used in the IUI procedure or used to fertilize mature eggs in a lab (in vitro fertilization). The third-party reproduction has brought several smiles and hopes for couples who are emotionally and financially struggling to conceive.
Who is the sperm donor?
The sperm donor is an anonymous individual to the recipient. The sperm donor has passed the biochemical and genetic tests for any abnormalities, diseases or hereditary disorders and has shown the best semen characteristic features when analyzed based on World Health Organization (WHO) criteria. The sperm donations made to a known recipient are called directed donations.
Before donating sperm, one undergoes screening for medical conditions, risk factors, emotional, psychological and legal issues of sperm donation. According to ART rules and regulations, personal information about the sperm donor is kept confidential.
As a rule, none of the ART clinics can serve as a Sperm bank. Any employee or staff of the ART clinic cannot serve as a sperm donor. If they do or the infertility clinic does not follow these crucial ART rules, the registry of reproductive medicine has all rights to take severe actions on the clinic.
What are your responsibilities when you opt for a Sperm donor program?
• As a recipient, you have to analyze whether opting sperm donor is a better option in your infertility treatment.
• Opting for a sperm donor program should be the will of both partners.
• A consent form filled, signed by both the partners and submitted to the infertility clinic after opting for the Sperm donor program.
• Parenthood is the best gift a couple could get in their married life. Therefore child health precautions should be the priority here. Choosing the best donor profile must be the criteria for a better and healthy outcome while infertility specialists offer you the donor profiles.
What Factors should you see in the Sperm donor profile?
• Legal age of the sperm donor (18 - 34years)
• Check on his reproductive health or proven fertility
• Physiological assessment or mental health assessment of the sperm donor
• Male partner’s blood group and external appearance match with the donor.
What is very important to know while opting for a sperm donation program?
• Without proper diagnosis, one should not opt for a semen donor procedure, which many couples get through this stage by misleading counselling from infertility specialists.
• Signed consent must be submitted before proceeding. It ensures that the couple is willing to opt for the Sperm donor program.
• Look into the sperm donor profile.
• Ensuring the sperm bank is legally registered and not from the infertility clinic where you are undergoing treatment.
• Collect all ethical information about the sperm donor program.
• Clear all your doubts before signing the consent while opting for the Sperm donor program.
We are very happy to say that our GarbhaGudi IVF Centre, the leading infertility clinic in Bangalore, offer third party reproduction that is a Sperm donor program for patients diagnosed with severe male infertility. These donor sperm are from established and licensed sperm banks in Bangalore, providing the best results. These sperm samples are from fertile donors that undergo medical screening for viral infections and common genetic disorders. No fresh donors or known donors have opted. Each semen sample has a code provided by the sperm bank. The confidentiality of the sperm donor, his name, address or any means of contact information about the sperm donor is kept unknown.