Using Donor Sperm, Eggs and Embryos

Using donated sperm, eggs (gametes), and embryos can be a critical part of fertility treatment. Fertility Solution’s donor program facilitates that treatment with known or clinic-recruited donors. For those wishing to use clinic-recruited donors, we have established an organised system and wait list to ensure fair and non-discriminatory treatment access for women and couples. Due to a high demand for clinic recruited donor sperm, eggs and embryos, Fertility Solutions Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg have a policy to provide treatment firstly for local patients and then patients outside of the Wide Bay-Burnett and Sunshine Coast regions.

Using donor embryos or gametes, in particular, has serious long-term implications for both the recipient and donor. We carry out a thorough process of preparation for all parties involved.

If you bring a known donor with you to the clinic, we can work with all parties to assess suitability and provide pertinent information on the donation process.

Donors undergo medical assessments, detailed testing, and extended counseling. Recipients also participate in counseling and are encouraged to arrange a meeting with the donors, if all parties are willing. Our counsellors can facilitate that meeting. We’re committed to ensuring that everyone involved makes the right decisions for themselves and their family: each person should be comfortable with those decisions in 5, 10, or 20 years.

To begin the process of using donor sperm, eggs, or embryos, we’ll go through the social, emotional and legal issues associated with being a recipient. We will also assist you in considering the potential implications for you and your family.

Using a Known Donor

If you would like to use sperm, eggs, or embryos from a known donor, that person or couple will need to meet certain qualifications. Please see our donor information page for the list of criteria, medical screenings, and genetic testing required.

A few things to keep in mind include:
Known sperm donors must be between 21 and 46.
Known egg donors must be between 21 and 37.
– Donors will need to take a range of medical and genetic screening tests, as well as detailing their family history to a clinical geneticist. This is meant to minimize the risk of transmitting infectious or genetic diseases.
– Sperm donors will need to produce a sample for analysis.

Our counsellors ensure that all parties feel comfortable in our facility. We will work with you to protect your privacy.

Donor Recipient Qualifications

If you’re a fertility treatment recipient, we’ll need to assess your medical and genetic history. Both female and male partners will be screened for the following, at a minimum:

– HIV 1&2 – AIDS (blood test)
– Hepatitis B & C (blood test)
– Syphilis (blood test)
– Chlamydia (Urine Sample)
– Gonorrhea (Urine Sample)
– Cystic Fibrosis Screen (if using donor sperm or eggs)
– Chromosome Analysis (if using donor sperm or eggs)

Female recipients will also be screened for the following:

– Blood Group (blood test)
– Cytomegalovirus (CMV) (blood test)

Important Considerations

When you have an initial meeting with your Donor Nurse Coordinator and a counsellor, you’ll get information about using donor sperm, eggs, or embryos. We’ll also assess your situation and provide information on suitable treatments. Insemination with donor sperm, IVF with donor sperm or donor eggs, and Frozen Embryo Transfer cycle are all possibilities.

After that initial consultation, Fertility Solutions has a cooling off period of three months. Being a recipient is a huge decision, and we want to give you and your partner time to ensure that this is the right choice.

If you still wish to undergo treatment after the cooling off period, contact the clinic to arrange a follow up appointment. We’ll give you the relevant consent forms to read ahead of time.

Next Steps

You don’t need a referral from a doctor to arrange a meeting with us. If you would like to discuss becoming a recipient, we would be delighted to arrange a suitable time for you to come in. Please contact us at 1300 FERTILITY (337 845) or email us at enquiries@fssc.com.au. Ask for an appointment with our Donor Nurse Coordinator.

*Although Fertility Solutions has made every effort to ensure the accuracy and completeness of information contained on this page, we assume no responsibility for errors, inaccuracies, omissions or any inconsistency herein. If you are unsure of anything, please ask your local doctor or contact Fertility Solutions.