Fertility treatment for single individuals
There are several comprehensive fertility treatment solutions (using donor sperm) on offer for single individuals with dreams of growing a family. When selecting a sperm donor, there are two types to choose from.
Available treatment options
When using a sperm donor, available treatment options 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 – the identity of the donor is known to the person undergoing the treatment. Typically, the donor is a family member or friend with an already existing relationship with the recipient. In these cases, generally the sperm donated will only be used by the recipient.
- Clinic-recruited or unknown sperm donor – the identity of the donor is unknown to the person undergoing the treatment.
To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our patients, all 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 be educated on the relevant medical procedures involved in your treatment plan and have your personal medical details examined.
- Pathology collection – Routine screening tests are a prerequisite to beginning treatment. The results of these tests will be sent directly to Dr Ernst.
- Counselling – It is compulsory for all single individuals contemplating using donated sperm to attend a counselling session. This session will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions and raise concerns in relation to the process.
- Patient education presentation – Prior to commencing your treatment, you will be required to attend a patient education presentation. This presentation may be self-directed or organised by the clinic’s fertility nurses. You will be offered information regarding your treatment cycle, medications and their side effects, and any day-to-day requirements. You will be given consent forms for completion and signing before your treatment commences.
- Final review – Prior to beginning your treatment, a final review of the counselling reports, blood tests and consent forms will be performed to certify that all is in order.
- Treatment – It is strongly suggested you adopt a healthy lifestyle before and throughout your treatment. A balanced diet, frequent exercise and limited alcohol consumption are advised. Prior to treatment, you will be required to quit smoking and restrict alcohol consumption.