What is donor sperm: sperm donated from a man who is not the sexually intimate partner of the recipient and does not intend to be a parent of any resulting children. Donor sperm can be used in IUI, IVF, or ICSI. There are different types of donor sperm:
- anonymous: donor is not known to the person or people using the sperm, while medical and social information is provided by the sperm bank, the donor’s identifying information is not
- open/identity release: donor is not known to the person or people using the sperm, like anonymous donors, medical and social information is provided to the users by the sperm bank, but the donor has agreed to release identifying information to any resulting children when they turn 18
- directed donors: the donor is known to the person or people using the sperm, but is not a sexually intimate partner, testing is required
Why would you use donor sperm:
- male infertility
- genetic disease or condition
- you were unsuccessful using your own or your partner’s sperm
- you or your partner don’t have sperm
Where do you get donor sperm: there are different types of donor sperm, so where you get donor sperm, depends on the kind of donor sperm you want to use.
- an FDA registered sperm bank for anonymous or open/identity release donors
- a friend or relative for directed/known donors
Please note: you can have donor sperm shipped from a sperm bank to our laboratory and we can store it for you until you are ready to use it. Please contact laboratory to coordinate shipping and receiving prior to shipping any donor sperm.