Do I need a sperm donor?
Donor sperm is used when intensive investigation confirms that the male partner has no sperm, or it is of extremely poor quality.
Single and gay women may also access donor sperm to conceive.
Donor sperm can be obtain through the IVF Australia waiting list. Donors are recruited locally and in the USA, and are screened extensively for infection and genetic abnormalities. All donors are required to join the NSW donor register in the event that their biological offspring may want to contact them when they turn 18.
Treatment can be through IVF or insemination. The recipient is given a thorough fertility assessment and offered counselling through IVF Australia.
Dr Sacks is a clinical director of IVFAustralia.
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