Intra-uterine insemination using donor sperm (IUI-DI)
Insemination with donated sperm is required when there is proven untreatable azoospermia in the male partner. Recent advances in ICSI procedure (including using testicular sperm) means many more couples can now have their own biological baby. But even then, on many occasions this is not possible and we have use donor sperm insemination.
Lesbian couples need donor sperm insemination for the treatment.
We procure semen sample from registered reputed sperm banks and the cost of that is added to the cost of monitoring and treatment in the treatment cycle.
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
Known donors and NAT test
On some occasions, the couple may bring a donor known to them. In the past the 6 month quarantine rule applied. However in special circumstances we can do the NAT test (nucleic acid test) which allow the sperm to be available for treatment far sooner than the 6 month plus wait required earlier. This topic has been discussed elsewhere on our site – please click here to know more.
Counselling for IUI with donor sperm
We offer counselling for all couples needing donor sperm insemination. The counselling is done by a qualified counsellor. Typically only one such session is required in the majority of cases. The cost of counselling session is charged at £75 per session.
ICSI has reduced the need for donor sperm in a good number of cases
Thanks to recent advances in ICSI procedure during IVF treatment, a lot of couples who were previously advised donor sperm insemination can now have their own genetic baby.
ICSI was invented in the early 1990’s and until then, cases such as men who were carriers of cystic fibrosis and had absent vas, were effectively azoo-spermic and could not have their own baby. ICSI uses just one sperm and so even severe oligo-spermic men could not produce their own babies. More recently even testicular sperm can be used to fertilize eggs and that too has helped.
This has been of particular help for those who consider adoption or sperm donation due to personal or religious reasons.