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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.
As for IVF.
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.
- Information for parents on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007
- Information for donor conceived individuals on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007
- Information for donors on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007
- The voluntary donor register
- Information for ART providers on the Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007
- The Central ART donor register
- Information for families who want to continue with ART treatment started before the 1 January 2010
- 2010 NSW ART Legislation involving donor gametes