Sperm Donation

Treatment with Donor Sperm

Waterstone Clinic offers fertility treatments using donor sperm for couples (both heterosexual and same-sex couples) and for single women. 

To contact our donor sperm coordinator, email spermdonation@waterstoneclinic.ie or call 021-4865764

Why Would I Need Donor Sperm?

  • If you are single or in a same-sex female relationship  
  • If your male partner is a carrier for a genetic abnormality that could be inherited
  • If you have had repeated failed ICSI/TESE cycles due to suboptimal sperm quality

Who Are The Donors?

Waterstone Clinic uses sperm from both identifiable and non-identifiable donors. Please note that legislation is about to be enacted in Ireland that will prohibit the use of non-identifiable (“anonymous”) donors. We are therefore advising patients to select identifiable donors.   

We currently import sperm from two reputable international sperm banks:

How Are Donors Selected?

All donors have to go through a rigorous screening process. Only 5% of men who apply to become donate are accepted to become donors.

The screening process includes:

  • Their medical and sexual history, and a screen of their family’s medical history
  • A physical examination
  • Blood tests in line with international best practice 

After the first screening, potential donors will have their semen and blood tested a second time, six months later and all samples are quarantined. When all the screening tests are passed as clear, the potential donor will be accepted on to the programme and becoming available on the database.

How Do I Choose A Donor?

Our Sperm Donation Co-ordinator will guide you on how to choose your donor, depending on your preferences. The donors each have a basic profile as standard, and some have extended profiles which include more detailed information on the donor.  Once you choose your preferred donors from the Danish databases, we check if those donors are available for you and that they are a match in terms of viral screening.

Will the Donor Be Exclusive To Me?

The donor will be exclusive to you within Waterstone Clinic. We will also only allow the use of a donor who has been registered fewer than three times on the Irish database of donors. The donor banks are international, so it is likely that the donor will be used in other countries.

How Long Does The Process Take?

The length of time is individual, but on average it takes a min of 3 months from your meeting with the donor sperm co-ordinator.

You will need to have blood tests and scans, time to choose your donor, once the donor is chosen we will import the sperm which takes an average of 4-6 weeks, and then the time for your treatment.

What Are The Success Rates for Treatment With Donor Sperm?

The most common fertility treatments used with donor sperm are IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF. Our ethos is to use the least invasive treatment possible, and the vast majority of our patients using donor sperm are able to use a simple IUI treatment to build their family.

For IUI (Intrauterine insemination)

We have a 30% success rate of babies born through IUI treatment, using donor sperm.

For IVF (In-vitro fertilisation)

The success rate for IVF will depend on the age and fertility potential of the female patient. Our success rate of successful pregnancies (seeing a heartbeat at 8 weeks) using donor sperm with women under 35 and over 35: 

For women under 35 years

For women 35-38 years:

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