There are many reasons why individuals and couples access donated gametes or embryos. This decision can be a complex one, and at Fertility SA, we here to support you at every step of the way.
If you feel you may be able to offer the gift of life to help create another family please contact us and our experienced team will guide you through the process.
If you require the use of donor gametes or embryos, or would like to be a donor, the first step is to make an appointment with one of our fertility specialists, please email [email protected] to discuss the best way forward with our donor/recipient program.
Using donor sperm
There are a number of circumstances where the use of donor sperm is a consideration.
- 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 (www.theworldeggbank.com).
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