Fertility treatment for single women
There are number of comprehensive fertility treatment options (using donor sperm) available for single women hoping to start a family. There are two types of sperm donors for you to choose from.
Available treatment options
Available treatment options when using donor sperm include:
- Donor insemination
- In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) using donor sperm
- Donor programs for fertility – using donor sperm
- Egg freezing and storage
- Investigation and treatment of recurrent miscarriage
Types of sperm donors
- Known sperm donor – where the identity of the donor is known by the woman undergoing treatment. Usually a friend or family member, they have an existing relationship with the recipient and their donated sperm will only be used by them.
- Clinic-recruited or unknown sperm donor– where the identity of the donor is not known to the woman undergoing treatment.
To ensure the safety of our patients, all our sperm donors are required to undertake a semen analysis and a series of pathology tests, as part of the routine screening process. These tests include: HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Human T-lymphotropic virus (HTLV) 1+2, Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Cystic Fibrosis, Karyotype, Blood Group, FXS, SMA, Full Blood Count, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea.
Step-by-step guide to becoming a sperm recipient
- Medical consultation – You will attend an initial consultation where you will learn about the medical procedures involved and have your medical details assessed.
- Pathology collection – Routine screening tests will be required before commencing treatment. The results of which will be sent directly to me.
- Counselling – It is compulsory for all single women considering using donated sperm to attend a counselling session. This will give you the chance to ask any questions or raise any concerns you may have in regards to the treatment.
- Patient education presentation – Before beginning your treatment, you will also be required to have a patient education presentation. This presentation may be self-directed or done by the clinic fertility nurses. You will be provided with Information about your treatment cycle, medications and their side effects, and any day-to-day requirements. You will be provided with consent forms to fill in, sign and return prior to the commencement of treatment.
- Final review – Before you can start treatment, a final review of the counselling reports, blood tests and consent forms will be undertaken to ensure sure everything is in order.
- Treatment – It is advised that you follow a healthy lifestyle prior to, and during, your treatment. A balanced diet, regular exercise and limited alcohol are recommended. Before treatment, you will be required to stop smoking and restrict your alcohol consumption.