Donor Sperm Insemination
If you need a sperm donor, donor sperm insemination is the simplest way to try for a baby.
Donor sperm insemination is a popular treatment for single women and same-sex couples. It need not involve fertility drugs unless you have irregular ovulation and is a faster treatment process than IVF with donor sperm.
Donor sperm insemination may be suitable for you if:
You are a single woman or same-sex couple
You are a couple with male factor fertility issues and need to use donor sperm
You have no female fertility issues that would prevent conception through insemination, such as tubal disease. Otherwise, IVF or ICSI with donor sperm may be your best option.
We are focused on ensuring our patients have access to high-quality UK donor sperm. Our sperm donors are screened and registered with the HFEA. We provide detailed donor profiles to help you choose and have no waiting list for treatment with donor sperm.
Who Are Our Sperm Donors?
Our sperm donors are healthy young men from the UK aged up to 41 who are fertility and health tested to the strictest regulations, for your best chance of pregnancy.
They donate to us through our own licensed Semovo sperm bank and are HFEA-registered and fully identifiable to your child in future.
To make sure that insemination is the best option for you, we assess your medical history, perform an ultrasound scan of your pelvic organs and a hormone test. We may also advise further tests to examine your fallopian tubes. If your tubes are not normal you may be better off considering IVF with donor sperm. We will explain how treatment works, the chance of it working and talk you through the consent forms that need to be completed before treatment can start.
Using donor sperm has special implications for you, your partner if you have one and your future child. Our counsellors will explain these to you before treatment begins, so you are prepared for the future and can legally consent to having a family this way. We do recommend being open with your child in future about how they came to be born, in a way that is appropriate for their age. Our counsellors will be able to direct you to resources to support you in this.
Choosing your sperm donor
We have an extensive choice of sperm donors who have been screened and tested in accordance with national regulations. Our dedicated Donation Team will help you find your ideal sperm donor from our UK sperm donor bank, using detailed donor profiles.
Insemination natural cycle
If you ovulate regularly, we are likely to recommend treatment in a natural cycle. Many women can monitor their ovulation conveniently at home using urine ovulation tests - we will guide you on how to use these. In some cases, the urine test is not suitable, and we advise ultrasound scans and blood tests to monitor ovulation. We usually perform the insemination the day after you get a positive result on the ovulation test.
Insemination stimulated cycle
If your ovulation is irregular, we will discuss medication to help you ovulate. If you are prescribed this, we monitor you by ultrasound scans and blood tests. This is so that we can tell when you are about to release an egg ready to fertilise, so that we can ensure insemination is performed at exactly the right time.
Sperm from your chosen donor is carefully washed and prepared and gently inserted into the uterus using a fine catheter. Our fertility nurses will be by your side to help take care of you before and after. After short rest you are able to leave the clinic and carry on with your normal activities.
Two weeks after insemination, you will do a urine pregnancy test at home. If this is positive, we arrange an early pregnancy scan at around seven weeks after your last menstrual period. If the pregnancy is seen to be developing normally on this scan, we discharge you and ask you to see your GP to arrange antenatal care. You have the option to reserve more sperm from your donor to grow your family in the future by have sibling children. Sometimes, the initial pregnancy scan may not be conclusive and we will advise further scans and blood tests depending on what is appropriate. If the scan diagnoses a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy, further care needs to be in a hospital early pregnancy unit. You may choose to attend your local hospital for this, or we can speak to your GP to arrange the most suitable option for you.
If the pregnancy is seen to be developing normally on this scan, we discharge you and ask you to see your GP to arrange antenatal care. You have the option to reserve more sperm from your donor to grow your family in the future.
Sometimes, the initial pregnancy scan may not be conclusive and we will advise further scans and blood tests depending on what is appropriate.
Visit our Learning Centre to explore our patient guides, blogs and resources all about treatment with donor sperm.
Some couples get pregnant quickly and easily, others can take a lot longer. There is no set point to seek fertility help, although generally many people turn to their GP if they have not conceived after a year of trying for a baby.
You do not need a referral for an appointment with us. You can self-refer.
Yes, we welcome many same-sex couples through our doors for pregnancy help, in fact we have a great reputation for it - whether you need surrogacy, a donor egg or donor insemination. For information about the fertility treatments we offer to help you, visit our donation section.
No, there is no waiting list for fertility treatment with us. This includes IVF treatment, donor sperm, donor eggs, intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), ovulation induction and intrauterine insemination. We also have our own successful egg-sharing programme.
There are no effective, simple measures to instantly improve sperm quality. However, adopting a healthy lifestyle is beneficial so men should not smoke or drink excessive amounts of alcohol. It’s a myth that wearing loose underwear can help improve sperm quality or count.
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