We are dedicated to a compassionate and inclusive donor service
Considering having a child with the help of donor gametes or embryos or becoming a donor involves complex decision-making and has ongoing implications for all parties involved: donors, recipients and any child born from donor conception.
At Fertility SA we understand that this can be a difficult journey to navigate. We acknowledge that it is important to be managed by trained experienced staff and is also crucial have the right support emotionally to support you.
Our experienced multi-disciplinary group of fertility specialists, counsellors, geneticists, embryologists, nurses, and administrators are well-equipped to guide you through the process. With several decades of experience in IVF industry and reproductive donation, our team is skilled to assist you to make an informed decision when selecting a donor or choosing a treatment pathway.
With no waiting list, we have access to locally recruited and international donors. Our patients can start their donor journey with us at any time that is most convenient to them.
We work together with you to achieve our common goal – the birth of a thriving baby into your family.
Our well-established program adheres to the best practice standards and is compliant with relevant legislation, as outlined in the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC) Code of Practice, National Health Medical Research Committee (NHMRC) Ethical guidelines and Australian and New Zealand Infertility Counsellors Association (ANZICA) guidelines.
Some families are only made possible by the generous act of donation. Fertility SA offers a comprehensive Donor/Recipient program including donor oocytes (eggs), sperm and embryos.
Same Sex CoupleSperm Recipient Scenario
Heterosexual CoupleEgg Recipient Scenario
Heterosexual CoupleSperm Recipient Scenario
Sperm DonorMale Patient
Solo Woman Donor SpermFemale Patient
Patient A and Patient B have been together for a few years and recently married.
Both knew when they met they each wanted to be parents one day and had always known that achieving this would require the assistance of a donor. After initially considering a known sperm donor option, they both made a decision to complete the recipient pathway with the use of a clinic recruited sperm donor. Patient A and Patient B feel excited that they may both now have the opportunity to carry a pregnancy and create their family.
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Patient C met her now partner later in life.
Having always known she wanted children in the context of a stable relationship, she had not been willing to settle for anything less than a loving and equal partnership. Once her current partnership was established, she and her partner were keen to begin a family but pregnancy was not happening. Like so many women who are in their late 30s/early 40s, she found out her eqq quality was poor and the likelihood of pregnancy with her own eggs was unlikely. When their specialist raised the idea of donor eggs, she and her partner felt a renewed sense of hope that they would still achieve the family they had each waited so long for.
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Patient E was a teenager when he was diagnosed with a form of testicular cancer.
He embarked on cancer treatment under the care of his parents and specialist at a time when little or not thought was given to the future and possible effect of this treatment on his sperm quality and his future fertility. Patient E is now a married man in his 30s and very much wanting to have a family with his partner but the cancer treatment he had as teenager has revealed he is not able to do so with his own sperm. Patient E and his partner considered their options thoughtfully and took some time to process this news but are now excited about the prospect of creating their family with the use of donor sperm.
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Patient D grew up in a close family.
He reached a point in his life where after achieving so much in his life educationally and in his chosen career pathway that he felt it was unlikely that he wanted to pursue a relationship and family of his own but wanted to give the opportunity for other families to achieve the same sort of close family he’d so cherished in his childhood. Sperm donation was a way for Patient D to feel he could contribute to the values he held about family by helping others fulfil their dreams of parenthood and family.
*Image for representation purposes onlyPatient F spent her 20s and early 30s much like many of us casually dating, experiencing some short to longer term relationships that were not quite right for a variety of reasons.Patient F had known since she turned 30 that she would like to become a mother, but she also felt it was important to not settle and she wanted to follow her values about parenting with the right person who shared these values and considered the responsibilities of parenthood.After spending the further time remaining open to finding the right partner she eventually reached a stage in her life where parenthood became a priority and she realised that not only did she not have to settle, but that she was an independent woman who had good practical and emotional support in her life to pursue parenthood as a solo mum. She connected with a groups like Solo Mums by Choice Australia and after further consideration and research decided to embark on pregnancy and parenthood using clinic recruited donor sperm.She is now parenting a happy and healthy 3yr old.Sound familiar? Talk to us about YOUR fertility YOUR way.*Image for representation purposes only
Current legislation and national ethical guidelines in Australia and New Zealand allow only for altruistic gamete donation. This means that a donor (individual who provide the donation) must not be paid but can be reimbursed for reasonable out of pocket costs. There is no financial gain to the donors.
Identified (known) vs. De-identified (unknown) donation
The donation can be either sourced from a person who is known to you (identified donor) or from an unknown person (de-identified donor). An Identified donor may be a family member, friend, or someone you have met via donor networks. A De-identified donor may be recruited by fertility clinic or donor sperm/egg bank. The recipient(s) of either identified or de-identified donors will get access to important information about their donor including age, medical and psychological history, infectious disease screening, genetic conditions, and family history. For the recipient(s) of de-identified donors, the identifying information is not available at the time of donation and will be provided on request of the donor-conceived persons when they reach 18 years (or 16 years, if deemed mature enough). Applying for such information will be managed by the South Australian Donor Conception Register. Access to counselling to support this process is encouraged.
In Australia all donors must consent to the release of identifying information to the donor-conceived children when they become eligible. In addition, all parties (donors and recipients) must give written consent to their names being included on the South Australian Donor Conception Register and provide up to date contacts and any significant changes to health information for the register. Donors have a right to access non identifying information about the number of children born from their donation.
Australian legislation does not allow anonymous egg, sperm, or embryo donation.
Decision-making and support counselling is available. We encourage individuals or couples who are contemplating undertaking a donor pathway to access our counsellors for support and assistance with decision making because we understand that this is significant life decision to make. Implications counselling is a mandatory process for people participating in the donor conception program, both recipients and potential donors. If offers opportunity to ensure all parties understand the possible complexities and consequences of treatment for themselves, their relationships their family and any potential child.
Genetic counselling is important part of our donor program. The genetic counsellor advises intended parents (recipients) on how to reduce the risk of serious inherited genetic disorders of a donor conceived child, interprets the results of genetic tests of the donor and helps to select appropriate genetic tests for recipients.
Our mission is to deliver honest, safe and individualised treatment tailored to your needs, social circumstances, and cultural beliefs.
We care and want to support you in to creating or expanding your family.
For more information about how we can support your fertility journey or what is involved in becoming a donor, please visit our website or contact us at Fertility SA:
Level 9 / 431 King William Street
Adelaide SA 5000
T 08 8100 2900