Get Fertility Ready for Donor Sperm Insemination

29th January 2021 in Advice, Fertility, IVF

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Are you planning to have a baby through donor sperm insemination this year? It’s important for us to help you ensure you’re fertility ready and healthy for your sperm IUI treatment cycle, to help maximise your chances of pregnancy.

At Manchester Fertility your donor sperm IUI cycle is tailored and planned for you by your fertility consultant, considering many different factors that can affect outcomes such as your fertility rate, ovulation cycle and your age.

Here’s our advice on how you can prepare for donor sperm IUI to optimise your fertility and get your body ready for treatment:

Are you a healthy weight?

Being overweight or underweight affects your fertility. It can affect your hormone levels which in turn affects ovulation and your menstrual cycle. To fertilise your egg using donor sperm if you have natural cycle donor sperm IUI, we need to be certain you’re ovulating regularly.

If you’re not, we can perform a stimulated cycle instead, where fertility drugs are used to ensure you have a mature egg to fertilise. But your BMI may affect how you respond to stimulation, particularly if your BMI is high, you may not respond well.

So, before you consider donor sperm IUI treatment, make to check your BMI.

Eat a healthy diet

It is essential to have a healthy diet and nutritional intake when trying for a baby, whether naturally or through donor sperm insemination.

Eating a good, balanced diet of fresh foods from all the food groups is excellent for your health and is the best way to get yourself in shape for a baby.

Overhaul your lifestyle

Various studies have shown a link between alcohol intake and conception. The current Department of Health advice is that women planning a baby should take the safest approach and not drink alcohol.

Smoking also has a detrimental effect on fertility; studies have shown that women who smoke reduce their conceiving chances. We recommend that you aim to quit smoking at least three months before you start treatment, to ensure that your body, and your eggs, are nicotine-free. This includes e-cigarettes, as they still contain nicotine, always look at what they contain.

Consider professional fertility diet & nutrition support

If you need help to maximise your health and diet in preparation for donor sperm IUI treatment, we can provide recommendations to help you with your fertility diet. 

It is important to identify if you have any deficiencies in your diet, and nutritional requirements for successful conception and pregnancy, including key nutrients, vitamins and minerals, foods you should eat, and what to avoid.

Book your donor sperm IUI consultation

If you’d like to have a baby with the help of a sperm donor, we have donor sperm from our UK-based sperm donors.

All of our sperm donors are fully identifiable and traceable to any child you have in future, and complete detailed personal ‘pen portrait’ profiles to help you choose, including a goodwill message.

Do you want to know more about our IUI treatments, we answer those all-important questions you might have about IUI and provide more information about what you need to know, the process and packages.

We also offer an exclusive donor sperm IUI package to help you fund treatment, including up to three cycles using sperm from a donor of your choice.

Learn more here on how one of our patients and her partner became a family of five with IUI treatments.

"If you have any fears, if you hesitate and think that you were in a similar position to me 10 years ago, I want to tell you - don't be afraid and go for it… We always believed we were in the best place possible. Never stop believing - that's what we teach our children." – Magda.

 We're here to support you every step of the way on your fertility journey - call us on 0161 300 2737 or book your free 1-2-1 online here to speak to our friendly patient team.

Last updated: 2nd June 2021