What are the Steps if I am Ready to Use Donor Sperm?

What are the Steps if I am Ready to Use Donor Sperm?

Using donor sperm

Using donor sperm to get pregnant can be a great option for couples who want to have a baby, but may be experiencing a problem with the man’s sperm. If the man has no sperm for some reason, or has poor quality sperm, sperm donors can be a great idea. If there is a genetic disorder that might be inherited from the male, sperm donors might be considered. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Of course, if a single woman desires to have a biological child of her own without a male partner, sperm donors can be considered then too. So, let’s go over the most important steps for getting pregnant using a sperm donor.

Find a good doctor

Finding a good doctor that you trust is the first step towards getting pregnant using a sperm donor. You can choose a fertility specialist, or an OBGYN, as long as they have experience with sperm donation. Your doctor will help you to make sure that you are physically ready to use a sperm donor.

There are also some psychological aspects that you will need to cover before you are ready to use donor sperm, and your doctor or a psychologist will want to go over those with you as well. Once you get these things handled, you will be ready to go on to the next step of using donated sperm: choosing the donor.

Choosing a donor

This is the most important and most exciting part of using a sperm donor. You have the right to decide which sperm bank and which donor to use. You have the right to sift and navigate through all available material on each donor including photos if available, physical characteristics, age, race, educational background, career history, ethnic background, general health and more.

Some clinics even provide audio interviews with the donor, or allow you access to their childhood photographs. Choosing a donor is probably the hardest part.

Using the sperm

Once you choose a donor, your doctor will then need to inseminate you with the donor sperm. It is a very simple procedure, and will be done during your normal time of ovulation. IUI, also known as Intrauterine insemination is often used because it has the highest rates of success.

The sperm is simply injected using a syringe and a thin catheter into the uterus. It is usually completely pain free and only takes a few minutes. Using donor sperm is usually pretty successful, and aside from the hard part of actually choosing the donor, it is a very simple procedure.

Preparing for the future

If you have completed a successful round of IUI using donor sperm, you might want to consider thinking about the future. If you already know that you want to have more than one child, it is sometimes a good choice to purchase donor sperm for future use.

You can purchase sperm from the same donor to use in the future. Sometimes, if you later decide that you do not need the sperm the clinic might even buy it back from you. Whatever you decide, using donor sperm is a very viable choice that has worked for many couples and families over the years, and it might be a great choice for you.

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by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD
by Dr. Renee Hanton, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Renee Hanton is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. Dr. Hanton specializes in the endocrine causes of infertility, such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)