Fertility treatment for same sex couples
Sims IVF donor program assists same sex couples or individuals, needing a sperm donor, to help them have a baby.
Sims IVF are proud to help same sex couples realise their dream of completing their family. We have a comprehensive sperm donation programme and an experienced team to help guide you through the process.
- Who are the sperm donors?
Donors are ordinary, physically healthy men from a broad cross section of society who's ages range from 18-50 years. Most of them are students from institutions of higher education. They receive only small remuneration for donation and it is believed that they are genuine in their wish to help others.
- How are the donors assessed?
All donors undergo rigorous assessment before being accepted and all are examined and given final approval for donation by a medical doctor. Assessment involves screening both for genetic conditions and infectious diseases.
This involves a full medical assessment and a medical history covering grandparents and any descendants. The medical history places particular emphasis on any heritable conditions that may be present in the family and all donors are karyotyped. In specific situations, tests for other heritable diseases may be carried out (sickle cell disease, thalassaemia, Tay Sachs, cystic fibrosis.
All donors are tested for Chlamydia, HIV-I and -II, HTLV-I, Hep B surface antigen (HBsAg), hepatitis C (HCV-Ab), syphilis, gonorrhoea. These tests are carried out once every three months and all semen samples are quarantined for six months before they can be used to ensure as far as possible that the samples were negative for these diseases at the time of donation.
- What information is available about the donor?
The majority of the donor sperm that we use in the Sims Clinic is obtained from a Danish donor bank. Regulations in Denmark require the donor bank to keep, at a minimum, the following information about donors on file:
Colour of eyes, colour of hair, height, weight, type of build, race, peculiarities of appearance (eg. complexion), age, education/occupation, blood type, karyotyping, psychological profile, and infectious screening results.
Extended profile donors have much more detail available on file concerning their characteristics and personality. This is only available to you if you request an extended profile donor which entails an additional cost.
- So does that mean that the sperm donors are completely anonymous?*
No, not all donors. Donors can elect to be either anonymous or identifiable. If you choose to request an identifiable donor, this does not mean that you as a parent will receive the donor's identifying information. However, any child born using an Identifiable donor will, at the age of consent, be entitled to the donor's identifying information Anonymous donors are given explicit assurance of anonymity. Danish law states that the anonymous donor's identity cannot be revealed to the recipient couple or the child. Regardless as to whether you choose an anonymous or identifiable donor, the donor is not allowed to receive information about the identity of the recipient couple or the child. The donor has no paternal rights to a child born as a result of treatment to an anonymous couple using his sperm.
*Due to upcoming legalisation which will prevent anonymous donation, we advise our patient to use identifiable donors.
- If we have a child using donor sperm can the same donor be used for more treatment?
Yes, in most cases reservation of donor sperm for future siblings is possible. As soon as you know you have an ongoing pregnancy, if there is still some of that same donor available at the donor bank, we advise you to contact the clinic in order for us to advise you on how to reserve some for future treatment.
Sims IVF offers an egg donation programme for women who are unable to have a baby using their own eggs.
Donors are available immediately so there are no waiting lists and no need to travel to Europe.
We offer a one to one service, so eggs retrieved from the donor in that cycle are used for your treatment only, and are not shared with anyone.
The programme is in partnership with Intersona in Ukraine for egg donation and Crysos in Denmark for donor sperm. This programme only uses Identifiable donors, this means that any child resulting from this treatment will have the right to access identifying information about their donor from the age of 18. However, identifying information about the donor will not be made available to you, the recipient couple.
- Donor selection
- Egg donor: Choice of 2 donors matched with your characteristics & preferences. Recipient photos taken to assist this process.
- Five sperm donors can be chosen from Cryos website. Final donor selection carried out by Sims IVF
- Who are the egg donors?
All our donors are already mothers – and are between 18 and 34 years old. In addition, all donors undergo stringent tests to ensure their health and suitability.
You get a choice of 2 donors, carefully preselected based on a detailed profile that includes physical traits, family history, education, hobbies, and personality.
What are the treatments for same sex couples?
Donor sperm can be used for either artificial insemination (IUI) or IVF potentially with ICSI.
Many same-sex couples that attend our clinic do not have fertility problems and wish to access the mildest form of fertility treatment to conceive.
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
Artificial insemination involves inserting prepared semen through the neck of the womb (the cervix) and into the uterus, close to the time of ovulation. Sometimes, fertility drugs may be used to stimulate the ovaries and encourage the release of eggs.
- In-vitro Fertilisation
IVF is a treatment where fertility medications are used to prompt a larger number of eggs to grow (usually 5-10). These eggs are collected from the ovaries and combined with the donated sperm in the laboratory via IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), where an individual sperm is injected directly into the egg. The embryo develops in the laboratory for 2-5 days before being transferred back to the woman.
To find out more about fertility treatment options for same sex couples please contact us or book an appointment with a fertility specialist.