Donor Insemination for single women or Lesbian couples
The treatment is most simple in technical terms, however, there are important legal and counselling issues which have to be strictly followed to make the entire process simple, legally safe and stress free.
Donor insemination (DI) – chance of success as per HFEA data
Female fertility diminishes with age, so if you are using your own eggs, on average, the younger you are, the higher your chances of success.
Some women receive fertility drugs to boost egg production before the sperm is transferred. We now present the stimulated and unstimulated cycles seperately.
• 14.6% for women aged under 35
• 11.4% for women aged 35-37
• 9.4% for women agend 38-39
• 4.7% for women aged 40 and over
In 2010 (the year for which the most recent data is available) women receiving stimulated donor insemination (DI) – including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and GIFT – the percentage of cycles started that resulted in a live birth was:
• 20.7% for women aged under 35
• 17.1% for women aged 35-37
• 11.9% for women agend 38-39
• 5.3% for women aged 40 and over
*The above data is on the HFEA website. Click here to go to their page
We offer professional counselling for all women needing IUI with donor sperm, as per HFEA guidelines.
Selection of sperm
We let the couple liaise with a registered sperm bank to select the donor of their choice. This decision includes choosing appropriate physical features, ethnicity and other issues which are important to the couple.
NAT testing for known donors to avoid the 6 month quarantine period.
All donor sperm needs to be quarantined for 6 months before it can be used. The donor is tested for various infections again, after the quarantine period. This ensures that the semen sample is safe from diseases such as Hep B which has a 6 month incubation period. This happens because the old tests are based on checking anti-bodies for the virus which appear in the blood only when the body has responded to the infection (sero-conversion).
Whilst this is a good and safe thing to do, it becomes very impractical for those who have brought their own known donor to provide the sperm for DI.
NAT (Nucleic Acid Test) uses modern tests which can look for actual virus antigen circulating in the blood. It is sensitive for even very small doses of the virus in the blood. This test then obviates the need for waiting for 6 months for the anti-bodies to develop because the NAT identifies even very small quantities of the virus directly.
More details of NAT testing and other costs can be discussed with your doctor before and during your first consultation
Attractive inclusive packages for investigations and treatment for lesbian couples
The partner undergoing the treatment will have to be investigated for infections and other screening tests. The consultation + 3 D ultra-sound scan + infection screen investigations package costs only £450.
Our centre offers one of the least expensive DI treatment with stimulated or normal cycle (£650 plus drugs). However, it becomes even better if you choose to buy a 3 cycle package -which includes all the scans as well as the actual IUI procedure for 3 cycles of DI (should you need 3 attempts) for only £1500. (Cost of sperm and medicines not included in the package).
Please visit our blog for more thoughts on various aspects of treatment for lesbian couples. How medical and social attitudes have changed over the last 25 odd years. Read about the legal pitfalls in doing a “DIY” donor insemination treatment. And our rationale for making treatment for lesbian couples so inexpensive and stress free.