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I am a single woman

Waterstone Clinic has been offering treatment to single women for several years. There has been an increase in the numbers of women requesting fertility assistance with donor sperm in order to have a baby.

Since the introduction of our My Fertility Check fertility assessment service we have seen an increase in the number of single women who wish to know more information about their fertility health and potential. Some women have had a problem identified and have decided to proactively pursue fertility treatment with donor sperm.

You can refer yourself to the clinic or refer via your GP/consultant for a consultation with one of our fertility specialists.

Investigations

Female Investigations:

  • Blood test:
    • Day 2,3, or 4 hormone profile (FSH, LH, oestradiol)
    • Thyroid functions tests
    • Prolactin
    • Anti-Müllerian hormone level (AMH)
  • Ultrasound
    • Transvaginal ultrasound to assess uterus, ovaries and pelvis
  • Tubal patency test
    • laparoscopy and dye test or hysterosalpingogram (HSG) to ensure the Fallopian tubes are not blocked
  • Viral screening
    • Screening for HIV, Hepatitis B and C is required prior to undergoing any fertility treatment
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) IgG and IgM
  • CF carrier status
  • Blood group

Donor Sperm

Sperm donation is used in conjunction with other fertility treatments, such as IVF, in order to achieve pregnancy. Waterstone Fertility has been helping couples conceive using donor sperm since 2002.

Where does donor sperm come from?

Waterstone Clinic only uses sperm from ‘anonymous’ donors. At present, we source all of our donor sperm from two sperm banks in Denmark:

What testing procedures do donors go through?

All donors have to go through a rigorous screening process. This includes:

  • A thorough interview where they will be questioned about their medical history, their family’s medical history, and a detailed sexual history (number of sexual partners, history of sexually transmitted infections).
  • They also have to undergo a physical examination. This is to detect any abnormalities and also to assess risky lifestyle practices.
  • Blood tests are performed to detect:
    • Blood type and Rhesus status
    • HIV 1 and 2
    • HTLV 1 and 2 (Human T cell lymphotropic viruses)
    • Hepatitis B & C
    • Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infections, Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
    • Chromosomal disorders

Semen and blood samples from the donor are tested at two different time points to make sure all results are accurate. Firstly they are tested when the man applies to become a donor. The samples are then frozen for 6 months and re-tested. It is only when the results of the second testing have been cleared that the man can become a donor.

Treatment options with donor sperm

  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
    • IUI using donor sperm is for women with normal ovarian reserve and patent Fallopian tubes (click to find out more)
  • In-vitro fertilisation
    • IVF using donor sperm is advised for women when IUI has been unsuccessful or when the woman has a low ovarian reserve, blocked Fallopian tubes or endometriosis. (click to find out more)

Success rates for sperm donation

Intrauterine insemination

We have a 22% live birth rate (number of babies born) from intrauterine insemination using donor sperm.

In-vitro fertilisation

For IVF using donor sperm at Waterstone Clinic, 2010- 2016.

The images below display the chance of having a fetal heart beat present on ultrasound scan at 8 weeks gestation, according to age.

For women under 35 years

For women 35-38 years:

Donor sperm co-ordinator

Our donor sperm co-ordinator is Edel Lane. Edel meets with you as part of the treatment process in order to help you select your sperm donor and prepare you for treatment.

Click here to read more about donor sperm treatment

EGG FREEZING

Waterstone Clinic offers egg freezing to single women who do not yet wish to become pregnant. Egg freezing for social reasons is only suitable for women under 38 years of age and ideally, for those with a good ovarian reserve.

It is important to point out that the livebirth rate from egg freezing remains low and that our consultants advise that freezing eggs is not a guarantee of a baby when you return to use those eggs in the future. The best advice that can be given to every woman is not to delay trying for a baby where the opportunity is available to her but for those who are not in this position, egg freezing is a reasonable option.

Egg freezing involves the woman undergoing a stimulation cycle exactly as that used in IVF treatment. This is in order to stimulate the ovaries to produce a number of mature eggs or oocytes that are then retrieved at an egg collection procedure (see IVF treatment). These retrieved oocytes are then cryopreserved using vitrification for use at a later date if required.

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