Sperm donation is an option for couples with male factor infertility, same-sex couples, and single women. Our Therapeutic Donor Insemination (TDI) program was established to streamline the process for our patients. The TDI 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 Therapeutic Donor Insemination (TDI) 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 insemination at SRM.
Therapeutic Donor Sperm (TDI) Checklist
The following checklist will help guide you through your TDI treatment at Seattle Reproductive Medicine (SRM). 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.
TDI Coordination Appointment
The first step is to schedule an appointment with our TDI coordinator to review the process and SRM’s policies when using donor sperm. This appointment may be done in-person or via a phone consultation. A one-time coordination fee applies to either appointment type and includes the additional administrative work involved with any third-party/donor cycles.
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.
There are three consents for using donor sperm (#7, #20, and #25) which are good for one year once complete. These consents must be signed and witnessed by SRM (or notarized) for each partner.
Infectious Disease Testing for Patient and Partner
These must be current within the past year. Your partner (male or female) will also complete 4 labs for HIV, hepatitis B & C, and Syphilis. We test both partners prior to treatment. Please call or email the TDI team a week later for results.
Purchase your Donor Sperm Samples from your Sperm Bank
You will work directly with your sperm bank to set up an account. and purchase your samples. If your bank requires an authorization form from SRM, please call and our TDI team will send the required form to your bank.
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 and fax or email it to our TDI coordinator 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. Please call on day 1 for each cycle. This is also your contact for any questions.