Infertility treatment is very complex; not just in the way the actual treatment is, but because it tends to consume the patient in more ways than one. It’s significantly expensive and it takes an emotional toll on patients. Sometimes, when their cycles fail, patients also tend to lose a lot of time on it.

In case the treatment becomes successful, everything is hunky dory. Its only when things don’t work out the way you thought they would, that the problem arises. IVF has the highest success rates among all the other infertility treatments available today. As long as you do the treatment at a credible and well-established clinic, the chances of you conceiving are very high.

However, you have to keep in view the fact that though we do intervene into the natural process of conception, there is a limit to what we can do. For example, in case we have a patient with complete testicular failure, we would suggest that they consider donor sperm or other options to have a baby. These decisions aren’t something that can be taken lightly.

When should a couple consider sperm donation?

  • You may consider sperm donation if your partner produces very little or no sperm (azoospermia)
  • Unhealthy, diseased and misshapen sperms are unlikely to fertilize an egg and should not be considered for fertilization
  • If your partner poses a risk of passing a known genetic disease to the baby, you should consider using donated sperms
  • Some men, who have had irreversible vasectomies, may also consider using a sperm donor for reproduction
  • Today many single women are choosing to have babies; they too need donated sperm to have their baby
  • Women in same sex relationships will also need to have sperm donation if either or both of them want to get pregnant.

Aspects to take into consideration

Regardless of whether you are dealing with male factor infertility or genetic issues/are a single woman/ a lesbian couple who wants to conceive; there are various aspects you should take into consideration while selecting donor sperm:

  • An anonymous sperm donor doesn’t have any parental rights over the child that’s been conceived from his donation
  • Sperm donors are first screened for infectious & genetic diseases
  • All the sperm banks keep a profile of the donors. If you have any preference in terms of the physical attributes, including height, skin color, and blood group, you can choose accordingly too

The important thing is that you should make a well-informed decision while deciding to use donor sperm to have your baby.

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Authored by : Dr Aniruddha Malpani, MD and reviewed by Dr Anjali Malpani.

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