Donor Program

  • Scenarios; 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.

    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.

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    Patient 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.
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Offering support along the way

Fertility SA’s Donor Program coordinates the process of gamete donation for prospective donors and the pathway to donor conception for recipients.

The decision to donate, or to become a recipient of donated gametes may be a complex one and has ongoing implications for both donors, recipients and any child born from donor conception.

We offer a supportive and inclusive treatment program and follow best practice guidelines as outlined in the RTAC COP, NHMRC guidelines and ANZICA counselling professional practice standards.


Consideration of all aspects and the processes involved are of the utmost importance.

Fertility SA is always looking for new local sperm donors, so please contact us if you are considering this option.


Using donor sperm

There are a number of circumstances where the use of donor sperm is a consideration.

These include:

  • Heterosexual couples where the male partner has no sperm or carries the risk of passing on a genetic condition
  • Same-sex couples who require the use of donated sperm to achieve a pregnancy
  • Single women who require the use of donated sperm to achieve a pregnancy

Fertility SA can offer three different options for sperm donation:

  • A known donation where recipients have a sperm donor  who is known to them
  • From the Seattle Sperm Bank in the US. Fertility SA has access to a select group of de-identified (privacy protected) sperm donors
  • From locally sourced Adelaide sperm donors. Fertility SA has access to a select group of de-identified (privacy protected) sperm donors

With all options for using donor sperm there are requirements for a number of medical appointments, counselling appointments and the sign off of the Donor Management Group.

Donor oocyte (egg) program

There are many reasons why individuals and couples may need to access donated oocytes (eggs) in order to have a child.

  • A woman’s own eggs are failing to fertilise or create embryos that are able to sustain an ongoing pregnancy
  • Ovarian failure due to chemotherapy treatment for cancer
  • Premature ovarian failure or menopause
  • Women who have a high chance of passing on a serious genetic condition to their children

Oocyte donation programs include:

  • Known donation – where recipients have an oocyte donor or seek an oocyte donor who is known to them
  • From the World Egg Bank in the US (
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Donor embryo program

Embryo donation offers the opportunity of conception to another couple using embryos created during the donor couple’s IVF treatment.

Embryo donation is available to individuals and couples who:

  • Are unable to utilise their own gametes for conception due to various genetic or medical issues
  • Have had unsuccessful IVF treatment using their own gametes

Embryo donation programs include:

  • Known donation where donor and recipient have exchanged names and information about themselves. Together this group (donors and recipients will decide on the level of contact, both current and future, as well as the type and degree of pertinent information they wish to share with each other
  • De-identified donation undertaken by couples wishing to donate their embryos without meeting the recipient prior to donation