Insemination with donor sperm

Insemination with donor sperm

If the man’s sperm quality is very poor and you do not wish to pursue IVF with ICSI, you may opt for insemination with donor sperm.

Natural cycle
If the woman is young, we will often try to perform the first insemination during a natural cycle where we use ultrasound to monitor the development of the single egg usually released by a woman during her regular ovulation period. When the egg is about to be released from the ovary, you will have to give yourself an ovulation-inducing hormone injection to allow us to control the timing of your ovulation.

When the sperm cells are inseminated they are passed through the cervical canal into the uterine cavity and the fallopian tubes around the time of ovulation, when the chance of fertilisation is greatest. This way up to 100 times more sperm cells reach the fallopian tubes, compared to normal sexual intercourse.

Hormone stimulation
If you do not get pregnant by insemination during your natural cycle, we will often use a mild hormonal stimulation given as tablets or injections into the abdominal skin for a few days, which will cause two or three eggs to mature instead of the single egg normally released by a woman during her regular ovulation period. If more than one egg is fertilised, there is a chance that you will get pregnant with twins. We will teach you how to administer the injections yourself at home.

If the procedure is not successful, IVF treatment using ICSI or donor sperm may be the next option.

Insemination is not as successful as IVF. Most women become pregnant within the first 2 to 3 inseminations. We offer up to six inseminations to women up to 39 years, and 3 inseminations for women 40 to 43 years. However, we recommend that you go directly to IVF if you are 40 years of age.

We do not offer insemination treatment to women above 43 years, as the chance of having a child in this age is too small. In this case we recommend IVF or oocyte donation.

Referral from you GP
If you have a Danish CPR-number and bring a referral from your own GP, examinations, ultrasound scans and insemination will be free of charge for the first child. You only pay for medication and donor sperm.

Donor sperm
As of 1 October 2012 you may choose to use sperm from a known/open donor rather than from an anonymous one. The donor sperm can be purchased at our clinic. We only use donor sperm from a certified sperm bank.

You can also buy your own donorsperm directly from the cryobank. In that case, you will have to pay for transportation, receipt and storage of your donorsperm at the clinic. In case the donor is quarantined, we are not allowed to use the sperm, even if the sperm is already at the clinic. Please, read more about donor sperm at our FAQ section.

You may also bring your own donor. The donor may not be closely related to the woman, as this would increase the risk of the child acquiring hereditary diseases. The man’s father or son may not donate sperm either, but his brother, a friend or any other member of his family would be suitable donors. We do not offer screening of personal sperm donors.

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