Sperm donation is an option for couples with male factor infertility, same-sex couples, and single women. The care coordination team is dedicated to helping you achieve pregnancy, and will always take your unique needs into account.
Donor sperm can be used in both Intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycles. Typically, we see a pregnancy rate of about 10–15% with each IUI cycle. Success depends on the age of the patient and whether concurrent medications are used. We recommend at least three to five cycles for the best chance of success.
Known Sperm Donors
Known sperm donors (the donor is known to the patient, but is not a sexually intimate partner or an intended parent) will be required to undergo FDA screening, testing, and sperm cryopreservation before their samples may be used for IUI or IVF at SRM. A legal confirmation letter from your attorney is required by SRM prior to starting any treatment. SRM cannot accept a copy of the legal contract in place of the legal confirmation letter.
Donor Sperm Checklist
The following checklist will help guide you through your treatment. This checklist must be complete before you can have your first donor sperm insemination. Please note that this is typically a two month process. The first month is evaluation and testing and then the second month can be the actual insemination.
- Psychosocial Education Appointment
This is a consultation with a SRM Social Worker to review the long-term implications of using a donor. It is SRM’s policy to have this consultation with the patient and partner whenever a third party is used for reproduction.
You will required to complete the necessary consent forms prior to starting your treatment cycle. The consents will need to be witnessed at SRM, signed by a notary, or signed through our electronic signature system.
- Infectious Disease Testing
You and your partner (if applicable) will complete infectious disease lab work per ASRM guidelines. Testing must be current within the calendar year.
- Purchase your Donor Sperm Samples from your Sperm Bank
All patients using donor sperm are required to utilize sperm banks which conform to ASRM, AATB, and FDA guidelines and regulations, are certified by CLIA, and registered with the FDA. SRM reserves the right to not permit utilization of a given bank. You will obtain the list of acceptable cryobanks from your coordinator. You will work directly with your sperm bank to set up an account to purchase your samples. If your bank requires an authorization form from SRM, please notify your care coordinator.
Ship your Donor Sperm Vials and Complete SRM’s Donor Sperm Acquisition Form
Your donor sperm sample MUST be at SRM BEFORE your menstrual cycle day 1 for your first cycle. You must also complete SRM’s Donor Sperm Acquisition form prior to your shipment.
Call on Day 1 of Your Menstrual Cycle
Once your checklist above is complete and you are ready for your first insemination you will contact your coordinator on day 1 of your period. If your period starts on the weekend, you may contact your coordinator on Monday.