We are a same sex female couple
Waterstone Clinic offers donor sperm treatment to same sex female couples. You can refer yourself to the clinic or refer via your GP/consultant for a consultation with one of our fertility specialists.
What to expect at your first consultation?
A full history including medical and surgical history, lifestyle factors will be taken from both partners. The consultant will review the results of any investigations you have had performed prior to the consultation. A transvaginal ultrasound scan will be performed on the partner who wishes to become pregnant as part of your first consultation. This is to assess the uterus (womb), ovaries and pelvis.
The consultant will discuss the results in detail with you and recommend, where necessary, any further tests (e.g. tubal patency test). Depending on the results you will be advised to undergo either intrauterine insemination (IUI) treatment or in vitro fertilisation treatment (IVF).
- Blood test:
- Day 2,3, or 4 hormone profile (FSH, LH, oestradiol)
- Thyroid functions tests
- Anti-Müllerian hormone level (AMH)
- 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
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:
- Cryos International Sperm Bank www.cryosinternational.com
- European Sperm Bank www.europeanspermbank.com
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
- HTVL 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)
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
We have a 22% live birth rate (number of babies born) from intrauterine insemination using donor sperm.
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 inorder to help you select your sperm donor and prepare you for treatment.