Donor Programs – EGG, SPERM & EMBRYOS
Are you ready to donate Egg, Sperm & Embryos?
Are you ready to donate and become a Surrogate Mother?
If you are healthy and have an infertility problem because of your partner, you are eligible to donate and act as a surrogate and your treatment will be done at concessional charges.
This information explains why donations are so important to us and our patients and the procedures required to become a sperm donor. We aim to make the procedures as easy as possible.
Approximately one in twenty five males is unable to father a child due to a medical or genetic reason.
One in eight infertile couples requires the use of donor sperm to achieve a pregnancy.
Single women, or those in same sex relationships, also require the use of donor sperm in order to achieve a pregnancy. Donor sperm can be used as part of an IVF procedure or in an insemination treatment. Your doctor will assist you in selecting your best treatment option.
Pregnancies resulting from donor insemination have the same risk of complications during pregnancy and childbirth as the general population. Furthermore, there is exactly the same risk of an abnormality in the child as in those conceived naturally.
At PFRC we have two donor sperm programmes:
• Clinic recruited donors : These donors are recruited by the clinic and are available for use by numerous recipients (A clinic recruited donor is allowed a total of 10 families) A reasonable renumeration will be given per sample. Call on 009144 42277777 Extension 2001 for further information.
• Known donors : These donors are known to the recipient and are available for their use exclusively. All costs involved are paid for by the recipient. This type of donor is recommended for fertile single women wanting to use donor sperm for insemination purposes, as the number of suitable clinic recruited donors for this purpose is very limited.
Both programs are managed by the Donor Sperm Coordinator and all donors are treated in the same manner, and undergo the same procedures as outlined below.
What is involved in becoming a sperm donor
Those who wish to donate sperm must attend counseling with a PFRC approved counselor. During this counseling session(s), issues relating to the donation of sperm are discussed. A spouse or partner (if applicable) must attend with you. Having attended this counseling session(s), you are asked to give your consent, in writing, for the donation of sperm. Please note that you can withdraw your consent at any stage of the process, up to the point of embryo formation.
• Aged between 21- 28 years. (preferably less than 40 years old)
• Preferably educated, good looking and fair.
• Free from medical disease
• If having children, children must be normal
• Should be ready to undergo blood tests and semen evaluation at 6 months intervals
• Should undergo medical examination and counselling
• Women who have had sterilization are also eligible
• Handsome remuneration will be given fro those who donate egg and agree to act as a surrogate.
• You can apply online to become a donor/surrogate
You will need to bring photo identification with you on all visits (e.g. driver's license or passport and Medicare card).
First Semen Analysis and Test Freeze:
The semen sample is produced by masturbation in our private facilities at the clinic. A full semen analysis is performed to check the quality of the sperm and suitability for the program. A test to determine how your sperm will survive the freezing process is also done.
Note: An abstinence period of three days is required. Samples must be produced on the premises.
The Donor Sperm Coordinator will telephone you within one to two weeks to tell you the results of your semen analysis and freeze. If your sample is suitable and you wish to proceed, appointments will need to be made for counseling and a medical examination. Please ring main reception 009144 42277777 Extension 2001 specify that you are a potential sperm donor when making these appointments. If you are uncertain as to what you need to do, please do not hesitate to ask the Donor Sperm Coordinator.
A medical examination appointment will be made for you with a Clinician. It may be possible to arrange for both counseling and the medical interview to occur on the same day.
Once you have completed your counseling and medical interview please contact the Donor Sperm Co-ordinator on 009144 42277777 Extension 2001. She will organize a time for your first donation and your blood test and assign you a donor code.
The donor's wife or partner will not require blood tests, but the following tests will be performed on your blood on the day of your first stored donation.
A medical examination appointment will be made for you with a Clinician at Monash IVF by telephoning (03) 9429 9188. It may be possible to arrange for both counseling and the medical interview to occur on the same day.Once you have completed your counseling and medical interview please contact the Donor Sperm Co-ordinator on 9420 8218. She will organize a time for your first donation and your blood test and assign you a donor code.The donor's wife or partner will not require blood tests, but the following tests will be performed on your blood on the day of your first stored donation.
• Blood Group and Rh factor
• HIV I & II
• Hepatitis B
• Hepatitis C
• Cystic Fibrosis screening test
• HTLV I & II (a retrovirus similar to HIV)
• Thalassemia screen
Acceptance as a Donor
You will be notified at this point if you are accepted as a donor. Reasons for non-acceptance onto the donor program include:
• Semen abnormality freezing unsuccessful
• Abnormal blood tests
• History of genetically-linked disorders
• Medical or psychiatric problem
If you are accepted as a donor, a minimum of ten donations are required. You can make appointments by telephoning Andrology directly 009144 42277777 Extension 2001 (Please mention that you are a sperm donor and you will be required to mention your donor code. We will endeavor to assist you in making appointments that fit in with your lifestyle, but be aware that 3 to 5 days of sexual abstinence is required prior to each donation.
For many couples, it is important that their children are genetic siblings (i.e. have the same donor). When they conceive, couples have the option of reserving semen for future pregnancies. This is possible only if there is sufficient sperm still in storage which is the reason we require a commitment of at least 10 donations from you.
Further blood testing is done after the semen has been in storage for six months, as semen cannot be declared free of HIV until after this quarantine period.
An allowance of Rs.500/- per donation is payable to cover reasonable travelling expenses, car parking, time off work etc,
Selection criteria include for the Donor:
Age less than 27
Must have had children earlier
Should undergo all medical tests for general health
Normal hormone values and normal uterus and ovaries
No history of genetic or medical problems.
Donors are not allowed to donate no more than 6 times. The donors are counseled regarding the procedure and the importance of daily visits to the clinic. They are subjected to psychological assessment and we ensure that they stick to unit protocols to ensure smooth functioning of the programme.
Donor Embryo Program
The PFRC Donor Embryo Progam is avaliable to couples needing this facility.
The Program is avaliable patients who have been unable to achieve a viable, ongoing pregnancy on our IVF Program and whose own sperm and/or eggs are unsuitable for continuing with IVF treatment. Patients that have been referred to the program by their IVF Specialist if one or both partners have infertility problems are eligible for the program. There is no waiting list for any of these programmes