Treatments & Options - Donor Sperm - Success Rates

It is rather amazing that these days, most women and men can become parents, even when nature makes it difficult. If you are gay, straight, or single, it is still possible to take advantage of modern fertility technologies and have your own biological children. The route to pregnancy success may be achievable with donor sperm.

Donor sperm and IUI
According to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, donor sperm pregnancy success rates with insemination are highest for the following groups:

  • Women who have no fertility problems
  • Women under 35

RESOLVE reports pregnancy rates from donor insemination ranging from 50-86%. Of course, it may take a woman several insemination cycles to get pregnant. Overall, if she is willing to try several inseminations, success rates look quite good. Success rates may be increased for those who choose intrauterine insemination (IUI) over pericervical insemination.

In the U.S. there are no federal laws that govern sperm donation, but there are FDA regulations that impact the process. On the whole, the outlook for babies conceived with anonymously donated sperm is sunny. Studies have shown that children conceived through sperm donation have a birth defect rate of less than one fifth, as compared with the general population, perhaps because of the screening requirements.

Source: RESOLVE: Using Donor Sperm

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