Waterstone Clinic offers fertility treatments using donor sperm to couples (heterosexual and same-sex couples) and single women.
Donor sperm can be used in fertility treatments such as IUI or IVF in order to achieve pregnancy. Waterstone Fertility has been helping women conceive using donor sperm since 2002.
Sperm donation may be an option in the following situations:
- For single women/same-sex female couples who wish to become pregnant
- For heterosexual couples where the male partner is a carrier for a genetic abnormality that could be inherited
- For heterosexual couples where there have been repeated failed ICSI/TESE cycles for suboptimal sperm quality
Where does donor sperm come from?
Waterstone Clinic only uses sperm from both identifiable and non-identifiable (‘anonymous’) donors. We source all of our donor sperm from two sperm banks in Denmark:
- Cryos International Sperm Bank www.cryosinternational.com
- European Sperm Bank www.europeanspermbank.com
How Are Donors Tested?
All donors have to go through a rigorous screening process. This includes:
- Their medical history and sexual history, their family’s medical history.
- A physical examination to detect any abnormalities.
- Blood tests including:
- Blood type and Rhesus status
- HIV 1 and 2
- HTVL 1 and 2 (Human T cell lymphotropic viruses)
- Hepatitis B & C
- Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections, Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Chromosomal disorders
Potential donors have their semen and blood tested at two different times: when they first apply to become a donor, and again six months later. It is only when the results of the second tests are cleared that the man may be accepted to become a donor.
How Do I Choose A Donor?
Our Sperm Donation Co-ordinator will guide you on how to choose your donor, depending on your preferences.
Success rates for sperm donation
The most common fertility treatments used with donor sperm are IUI (intrauterine insemination), a simple fertility treatment, and IVF.
For IUI (Intrauterine insemination)
We have a 30% success rate of babies born from the procedure using donor sperm.
For IVF (In-vitro fertilisation)
The success rate for IVF varies by age. Our success rate of successful pregnancies (seeing a heartbeat at 8 weeks) for women under 35 and over 35: