No longer is a couple’s inability to have a baby the female’s problem. Studies have shown that male factor infertility is prevalent in 30 percent of cases. Many babies are born every year through the use of donor sperm via Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). Donor sperm is most commonly used when a couple has been diagnosed with male factor infertility or a genetic disease that can be passed on to offspring. Trending more often today, single straight women and lesbian couples are also taking advantage of the use of donor sperm to have babies without the need for a male partner relationship.
Using a Sperm Donor
Dr. Randy S. Morris – founder and medical director of IVF1 – recommends the use of donor sperm when couples are faced with:
- No sperm or poor motility (azoospermia or oligospermia)
- A genetic disease which can be inherited from the male
- Single women or lesbian couples who want a child
Male Factor Infertility
Male factor infertility is due to:
- Sperm structural abnormalities
- Sperm production disorders
- Ejaculatory disturbances
- Immunologic disorders
Contending With Male Factor Infertility
Men no longer need to face the emotional challenge to their masculinity due to a low sperm count or poor sperm quality. Donor sperm easily resolves the predicament of infertility – not just for me – but for women. The intended father is not less of a man, nor is his virility questionable. Donor sperm gives infertile males, single females, and lesbian couples an equal opportunity to be parents to happy, healthy children.
Donor Sperm Used in Conjunction with IUI
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends using frozen semen stored for at least 180 days. The donor should have an initial HIV blood test (the test for the AIDS virus), and should then be retested and have a negative result on the HIV test before the frozen specimen is used.
- The development of the woman’s egg follicles are monitored throughout the woman’s egg growth stage of her cycle with blood level hormone measurements and pelvic ultrasounds.
- The doctor determines the prime time to induce ovulation via hCG injection administration.
- The frozen sperm specimen is thawed and prepared in a laboratory setting using special viability enhancement solutions.
- The semen specimen is washed and prepared for insertion into the woman’s uterus using an insemination catheter.
- A highly concentrated amount of mobile and active sperm are placed directly into the woman’s uterus via the catheter.
Discover More Information About Using a Sperm Donor
Long distance patients can consult with Dr. Morris through a secured Infertility Video Consultation. Or, schedule your in-person consultation by calling 630.357.6540.