Donor insemination

The practice of donor insemination has been around for decades. Since the late 1980’s requirements for sperm donors change and all semen samples must be frozen and quarantined for a 6 moths period prior to use. According to Canadian health regulations, men providing sperm for donation must be screened for hepatitis B,C, HIV, HTLV, syphilis, gonorrhea Chlamydia and cmv virus. A semen sample can only be released if the donor is re-tested and infection free after the 6 month quarantine period.

ICSI has lowered the need for donor insemination. However, for men with total azoospermia (complete absence of sperm), sperm donation is their only option to have a child. Men that have extremely poor semen parameters (high DNA fragmentation, abnormal morphology, immature sperm) may also require sperm donation.

Donor insemination is an extremely safe and simple procedure and offers a viable option for single or women that desire to have a child. Over the years it has proven to be a very successful program and parent satisfaction is extremely high. Similar to oocyte donation. Couples/women requiring donor insemination are required to have counseling prior to proceeding with 3rd party reproduction and guidelines must be followed as set by Canadian legislation in 2004.