Treatments & Options - IUI - Resources

Whether for problems such as male factor infertility, unexplained infertility, or cervical mucus issues, the artificial insemination procedure helps many women get pregnant. The procedure is used by millions of couples, both heterosexual and lesbian, as well as many single women today. Some of these individuals and couples may choose to go through the IUI process using donor sperm. In this section, Resources for Insemination, we discuss the use of donor sperm with intrauterine insemination (IUI).

Why use donor sperm?
If you and your partner are dealing with male factor infertility, ask your doctor about using donor sperm. Heterosexual couples may choose to use donor sperm for a variety of reasons, as outlined below:

  • If your male partner’s sperm is of poor quality or quantity, donor sperm may be a good option to help you get pregnant. 
  • Some couples may also choose to use donor sperm when a male partner is at risk of passing down a genetic disorder to his children. 
  • Donor sperm may make a difference in your IUI success rates as one study found that 86 percent of women using donor sperm with IUI became pregnant. 

Using a sperm donor is also a popular choice for single women or lesbian couples that want to build a family of their own.

How do I acquire donor sperm for IUI?
You can get sperm from an anonymous donor at a sperm bank, or you may choose to use sperm from someone you know. You can usually select your own sperm bank that will provide you with information about each donor. You may find out what the sperm donor looks like, as well as his ethnicity, career and educational background, and personal health information. Donor sperm used in the artificial insemination procedure is analyzed and screened for a variety of health conditions and viruses, including HIV and other infections. Current guidelines recommend that donor sperm be quarantined for at least six months to ensure its safety.

Talk to your doctor
While IUI with donor sperm can be a simple treatment, emotions may run high with the process. Before proceeding with donor sperm and IUI, your doctor may encourage you to speak to a counselor about any anxieties or concerns you might have. Talk to your doctor today to see if you are a good candidate for intrauterine insemination with donor sperm.

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