10 questions about using donor sperm

Donor sperm: 10 questions from the Princeton IVF blog
 We offere donor insemination in our Lawrenceville NJ office

Thinking about using a sperm donor? Here are ten questions you may be asking yourself if you are considering doing donor insemination:

What are my chances for success using donor sperm?

The success rates for therapeutic donor insemination (TDI) treatment range from 8% up to about 25% per month, depending on your age other factors. Keep in mind that 20-25% are the normal pregnancy rates in couples who do not have fertility issues, so the success rates are actually quite good. Cumulatively up to 80% of women will conceive with IVF

How is donor insemination performed?

In our center, we use only washed sperm and perform intrauterine insemination (IUI) since this type of insemination has the highest chances for success. The sperm sample which we have received from the sperm bank is thawed out and injected into the uterus. We use ultrasound monitoring and an injection of hCG (pregnancy hormone) to assure the best timing. IUI is only slightly more uncomfortable than a pap smear.

Why choose donor insemination over other options? 

Donor insemination (TDI) is both cheaper and easier that the alternatives such as IVF and egg freezing.

Should I chose an anonymous or known donor?

 Any anonymous donor is the best choice. The FDA has very strict requirements for using donor sperm (and donor eggs). The process required to use sperm from a known donor can more difficult and more expensive than to order sperm samples from a bank where the semen has already been cleared.

How do I move forward with donor iui?

If you live in or near central New Jersey and would like to see us for your treatment, set up a consultation with the doctor. You can call us at 609-896-4984 or click here to start the process. At the time of the consultation, we will discuss how to get the process started and answer all of your questions about the process.

How do I choose a sperm bank?

All sperm banks in the US are accredited and inspected by the Food and Drug Administrations, and follow similar guidelines. We usually recommend California Cryobank and Fairfax Cryobank as they have the widest selection of donors due to their size.


What if I want a full biologic siblings for my child?

Successful donors are often retired to reduce the chances that a man and woman who find each other randomly will not turn out to be biological siblings. Once you are pregnant with a donor, we advise purchasing a number of vials for the next pregnancy in case the donor is retired. On occasion, a sperm donor will come out of retirement to help a couple have a biologic sibling.


Are there limits the number births for each donor?

Yes, for the reasons above.


Should I tell my child about how I got pregnant?

While of course the ultimate decision is yours, most psychologists and counselors who work in Reproductive Medicine recommend that you do tell your children. A counselor can help give you advice on the best way to do this.


Are there medical problems in children from donor sperm?

Children from donor inseminations are no less healthy than other children.