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Donor Sperm Insemination

Treatment with donor sperm

At Manchester Fertility we have no waiting list for treatment with donor sperm. We have an extensive choice of UK sperm donors available now, from our own donor programme.

We help many people conceive with the help of a sperm donor, from couples with male factor infertility to single women and same-sex couples who want to safely use a sperm donor and avoid the risk of unregulated sperm donor sources.

About our sperm donors

All Manchester Fertility sperm donors:

  • Are UK residents known to our team – they donate regularly to us for many months
  • Have passed the rigorous health tests and screening required to be a sperm donor, including family medical history checks
  • Are fertile men aged 18-41 with the proven sperm quality needed to be a sperm donor
  • Are registered as sperm donors with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA)
  • Are fully traceable and identifiable so your child has the opportunity to find out who their donor is once they reach the age of 18, if they wish to know
  • Have had implications counselling so they know what it involves and are happy to donate

Treatment with donor sperm

Treatment with donor sperm involves either donor sperm insemination (IUI with donor sperm) or IVF with donor sperm.

We’ll advise which is best for you based on the results of your initial fertility investigations and other factors including your age, medical history and outcome of any previous treatment cycles you’ve had.

You’ll be given a fully costed, transparently priced treatment plan so you know what your treatment involves right at the start.

Donor sperm insemination (IUI with donor sperm):  

Many patients who need to use donor sperm – such as single women and same-sex couples – like to opt for donor sperm insemination as it doesn’t involve fertility drugs unless you have irregular or infrequent cycles, and is a quicker treatment procedure than IVF.

Insemination is precisely timed for when ovulation occurs and after treatment you’ll be able to take a pregnancy test around two weeks later.

If treatment is successful, you can request to reserve samples from your donor, so you can grow your family in future and have full sibling children.

IVF with donor sperm

If IVF with donor sperm is the best option for you, we’ll use tailored doses of fertility drugs to stimulate your ovaries to produce mature eggs, which are fertilised following retrieval in our laboratory with sperm from your chosen donor.

The best resulting embryo with the highest potential for pregnancy will be selected for transfer. If you have more than one good embryo you can decide to freeze the remainder to use in future treatment cycles.

Choosing your sperm donor 

Men from all walks of life, backgrounds and professions donate to us. Just tell our Donation Team what you’re looking for in your ideal donor, and we will match you with any we have that fit your request.

We aim to give you a choice of donors, each with a detailed donor profile.

Our donor profiles offer much more than just the basics of ethnicity, occupation and physical attributes such as height, hair and eye colour. 

All of our sperm donors also write a personal ‘pen portrait’ about themselves, their personality, their interests and why they decided to donate. They also write a message of goodwill for your child.

Giving you a real insight into who they are, in their own words, so you can choose the right sperm donor with confidence. 

You won’t ever know who your sperm donor is, unless it is known donation where you have found your own sperm donor. Your sperm donor will be anonymous to you.

Funding treatment with donor sperm

We offer a range of funding options for treatment with donor sperm, including multi-cycle and refund options through Access Fertility and our own Donor Sperm IUI package.

Or you can choose to fund treatment traditionally as you go along – it’s entirely your choice.

To have treatment with donor sperm contact our Donation Team on 0161 300 2734 or self-refer online.

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