Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Fertility Unit
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

Treatment with donor sperm


RPAH Fertility Unit is committed to the view that children born as a result of donated eggs have a right to information about their genetic history. Anyone using donated eggs must give careful consideration to managing the special needs of their children. These issues will be raised in counselling prior to treatment.

In unique situations, when recommended by your treating doctor, donor sperm may be used in treatment involving insemination or an IVF procedure. This  sperm is donated by  someone known by you, a known donor. The sperm is quarantined for a period of six months to minimise the possibility of infectious diseases being transferred to the recipient and potential baby.

There is no difference in the IVF treatment cycle when donor sperm is being used. Women using donor sperm and their partners (if applicable), the donor and his partner (if applicable) must have counselling at RPAH prior to treatment.

Who is it for?

Women whose partners are azoospermic (have no sperm) or have a genetic condition that might be passed on to their children. Single women and women in a same sex relationship.

Drugs used

As for IVF.

Possible complications

As with IVF.

NSW Donor Legislation

From January 2010, the NSW government has introduced legislation regarding the use of donor gametes (sperm, eggs or embryos). This is called the Assisted Reproductive Technologies Act.
The Department of Health has developed fact sheets to give information to all parties involved. Please use the links below.

Click here to download the information sheets "Information for Known Donors" & "Information for Recipients of a Known Donor"