Every year many Gold Coast fertility treatments are performed using donor sperm. Dr Flynn helps couples and singles achieve their dream of a family through the advanced sperm donor program at Queensland Fertility Clinic (QFG).
There are many circumstances in which donor sperm is the best option. For people in a same sex relationship, or a woman choosing to sole parent, who want a child that is biologically related to them, donor sperm combined with assisted reproductive treatments like IUI or IVF is a great option.
In other cases, due to medical conditions donor sperm is their best option for having a healthy baby. This could include:
There are definite advantages of donor sperm. These include
After discussion with Dr Flynn, the first step is a session with a psychologist. This time takes women and couples through many of the scenarios that may occur in later life to ensure they have a thorough understanding of the situation. This is also the time to communicate all parties’ rights and responsibilities.
The next step is to meet our donor co-ordinator to discuss the process of selecting sperm. The questions of cost are worked through and the choice between Australian donors or international donors.
All Queensland Fertility Group donors are selected very carefully. They must be fit and healthy, have no specific infectious diseases, or any identified history of hereditary diseases. Of course, they must also be fertile, so every specimen of semen is checked before and after freezing to make sure it is an acceptable standard. All donor semen is frozen in liquid nitrogen and is thawed just before use in fertility treatment.
You will be able to search for a donor using criteria including nationality, eye colour, hair colour and height. You can view each donor’s individual profile, which includes information about their occupation, weight, blood type, and availability of donor sperm. In some instances you can also view baby photos of the donor, to give you a better idea of their physical characteristics as a child.
After a blood test to determine when the woman is ovulating the sperm is thawed and inserted in the uterus using a small catheter. This relatively non-invasive procedure is called intrauterine insemination (IUI).
Partners in a same-sex relationship often choose to store semen from the same donor for use at a later date for additional children.
The success rate using donor sperm is the same success rate as any other woman of the same age (approximately 15%).
The use of donor sperm is an effective solution to fulfilling a dream of a child.
Ask your GP for a referral to Dr Michael Flynn - print this Referral Request and hand it to your GP.