Directed Sperm Donor Insemination

Directed Sperm Donor Insemination

If you prefer to create a more direct genetic lineage, you can choose to use the sperm of a relative of the partner not wishing to conceive. This is known as a ‘directed sperm donor’. A directed sperm donor will require a full panel of infectious disease screening and a six month quarantine of frozen sperm. Directed sperm donation will cost less, will be genetically familiar and may reduce anxiety related to the outcome of the pregnancy. However, the sperm may not withstand freezing well, and a known, directed sperm donor may create unforeseen social complications in the future. Like with donor sperm, the directed donor insemination can be performed either during a natural menstrual cycle or a cycle in which ovulation is improved by oral medications such as Clomid or letrozole. Combining IUI with oral medication typically results in significantly higher pregnancy rates and shorter duration of treatment. The IUI is painless and can be performed in-part, under our guidance, by the female partner, on site at the Fertility Institute. To read more about the IUI procedure, please visit our IUI web page here.