Couples choose to use donor sperm for a variety of reasons. In certain situations, a male partner may have a low number of sperm, or sperm are absent altogether. Lesbian couples and single women may also pursue pregnancy through the use of donor sperm. Additionally, there are medical reasons why a couple may choose to use donor sperm (e.g. to avoid passing down a genetic condition). Regardless of the reason, GENESIS will assist with guiding you through the sperm selection and transport process. We primarily refer our patients to one of two commercial sperm banks: California Cryobank or Fairfax Cryobank. Patients can also ask a friend or a relative to donate. All patients planning on using a donor sperm source will meet with our psychologist beforehand to discuss any concerns and to review the selection process.
All sources of donor sperm (whether obtained via a commercial bank or friend/relative) undergo mandated FDA screening for genetic and infectious diseases to ensure that there is no risk of passing down an identifiable illness. If you are using a fresh sample from a known donor, they will have to undergo this testing within 7 days of insemination of IVF retrieval. If you are using sperm from a bank, then the donor will have already been tested for genetic and infectious diseases.