Sperm Sharing at the Hull IVF Unit
One of the ways of helping other people who may need to use donated sperm in order to achieve a pregnancy is through our Sperm Sharing Programme. On the attached price list you will see a fixed price for this treatment option, the “sperm sharing arrangement fee”, which is substantially lower than the cost of standard IVF. The charge listed covers both your IVF treatment cycle and the drugs (excluding pregnancy drugs). In return, you would have to agree to donate sperm from approximately 10 donations (collected over a period of approximately 5 weeks), to 10 families who require sperm donation (the recipients).
To be considered for the Sperm Sharing Programme you will be seen by a doctor and a specialist nurse for assessment.
You have to be less than 46 years of age with no personal or family history of inherited illnesses or abnormalities.
Both you and your partner will have independent counselling to discuss the implications of becoming a sperm donor.
The semen evaluation from any previous assessments or fertility treatment will be reviewed before deciding on suitability. Furthermore, the sperm sharer’s partner will need to have an AMH of between 10-40 pmol/l, or be an egg recipient, in order to meet the criteria for the compensated sperm sharing programme.
Your GP will be contacted via the patient for details about your medical and family history. Prior to treatment you will be screened for Hepatitis A, B and C, HIV (the AIDS virus), Syphilis, Gonorrhoea, Cystic Fibrosis, Chromosomes, HTLV, CMV and Chlamydia antibodies. You will also be expected to have a physical examination to check for any signs of infection.
Please note, that you will need to pay for the chromosome and Cystic Fibrosis analysis, which can take approximately 6-12 weeks to get a result. If the result is normal, and you are suitable to be a sperm donor, then this money will be deducted from your sperm sharing arrangement fee.
Sperm Sharing Arrangements
- The recipients of your sperm will remain anonymous and you will not be given any details about the recipient or her treatment and its initial outcome. You will also be anonymous to the recipient. However, you will be entitled to find out if any children have been born as a result of your donations; including the number of children, their sex and the year of their birth.
- Any children born as a result of donor gametes has a right to be informed, on reaching 18 years of age, of the identity of the gamete donor.
- The availability of DNA testing websites and services may also mean that the donor’s information could be disclosed indirectly, if a close genetic relative is subscribed to the same service.
- According to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, you will not be the legal parent of any children resulting from your donated sperm, nor will you have any financial or social obligations to those children.
- You and your partner will be required to have counselling about the implications of the proposed treatment.
- You can withdraw from the sperm sharing arrangement at any time up to the point where embryos created from your sperm are transferred to the recipient. If you withdraw consent, you will forfeit the sperm sharing arrangement fee.
Please note: The couple will not proceed with their own treatment until the process of sperm donation is complete and the quarantine period with follow-up screening tests have been passed.
For more information regarding sperm sharing at the Hull IVF Unit please follow the link below:
HIU00155 – Sperm sharing information – 10.01.2020
If you would like further information on the compensated sperm sharing programme at the Hull IVF Unit then please Contact Us.
Page Last Modified: 10th January 2020