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


Who Needs 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 Sperm Donors?

Waterstone Clinic imports sperm from identifiable donors only.

Please note that Irish legislation (The Children & Family Relationships Act, 2015) prohibits the use of non-identifiable or “anonymous” donors. 

We currently import sperm from two reputable international sperm banks:

How Are Sperm Donors Recruited? 

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 Sperm Donor?

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

Will the Donor Be Exclusive To Me?

We limit the number of families created per donor amongst patients at Waterstone Clinic. The donor banks are international, so it is likely that the donor will be used in other countries.

How Long Does it Take to Import Donor Sperm?

The length of time is individual, but on average it takes a min of 3 months from your meeting with the donor sperm coordinator to the arrival of the sperm you purchase.

You will need to have blood tests and scans, and time to choose your donor. Once you choose your donor, we will facilitate the importation of the sperm and this takes an average of 4-6 weeks. Once the sperm arrives to the Clinic, we can make arrangements to start your treatment.

What Are The Success Rates for Treatment With Donor Sperm?

Donor sperm can be used with IUI (intrauterine insemination) treatment and IVF treatment. Our ethos is to use the least invasive treatment possible, and a 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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