Sperm Donor Sаfеtу, Cоnсеrnѕ And Cоѕt

Sperm Donor Sаfеtу, Cоnсеrnѕ And Cоѕt

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Sperm donation has been around for more than a hundred years and is one of the most accepted and widely used forms of assisted reproductive technology. If reproductive issues lie with the male of a couple trying to conceive, using a sperm donor can solve all of their problems for them. There are many male infertility problems that may make the use of donor sperm necessary. 

Using donor sperm may be necessary if there are no sperm ejaculated or the sperm is too unhealthy to use. If there is an inherited genetic disease such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, or muscular dystrophy present, a couple may choose to use donor sperm so that they do not pass on those genetic traits. A fertility specialist may recommend the use of a sperm donor if there is an Rh incompatibility problem between the father and the mother. Donor sperm is also appropriate in situations where the father has previously had a vasectomy, or if previous damage to the sperm may have occurred due to cancer treatments. 

Before moving forward with choosing a sperm donor the fertility clinic will make sure that the couple is well-educated on all aspects of sperm donation. This includes methods of using donor sperm such as intrauterine insemination, intracervical insemination, or in vitro fertilization. They will also discuss all legal, moral, and ethical considerations that come with using donor sperm. There are also psychological aspects of using donor sperm and, for this reason, both parties need to be very comfortable with the idea of using donor sperm. 

If you decide to move forward with the use of a donor, your fertility specialist will discuss your insemination options with you. Based on their assessment, they will recommend the best method of insemination with you. These include intracervical insemination where the semen is placed inside the cervical opening and intrauterine insemination where the sperm is placed directly inside the uterus. In some instances, the fertility specialist may recommend in vitro fertilization where the eggs are removed from the female, inseminated in a lab, and then placed back into the uterus once they are fertilized. 

Many couples worry about the safety of using donor sperm. There is nothing to worry about, though, because all sperm donors are thoroughly screened for sexually transmitted diseases and genetic abnormalities in addition to submitting to a physical and giving a detailed personal and family health history. There is no greater risk of pregnancy complications with donor sperm than traditional conception provided that the woman is healthy enough to carry a pregnancy to term. 

Using a sperm donor costs much less than using donor eggs, and many other assisted reproductive services. On average, using sperm from a donor costs less than $1,000 whereas using donor eggs can add several thousand dollars to the cost of your fertility treatments. 

For couples who cannot use their own sperm, donor sperm is an excellent way for them to pursue their dreams of starting a family of their own. 

  • Darius Q

    May 23, 2017

    It's hard for me to believe that someone is going to pay so much money for my sperm donation, but I can understand how desperate couples must feel when they are trying to have a baby and they're not getting anywhere. I've been reading that infertility rates have increased; does anyone know why?

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