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Donor Insemination (DI)

Donor insemination involves inseminating donor sperm into the uterus at the time of ovulation to achieve a pregnancy.


Who are the donors?

Sperm donors have volunteered to give their sperm specifically to help women achieve a pregnancy. They are from all walks of life but have one thing in common – they have the humanity to recognise that this is a gift which they are able to give. The donors are screened after volunteering to donate. Only those who appear to have the most fertile semen samples are taken on as donors. Donors must complete a lifestyle statement. They must have a clean bill of health in their medical and family history in terms of inheritable conditions. Women who are receiving donor sperm will have access to information about the donor which will include:

  • Height and build
  • Ethnicity
  • Complexion
  • Hair colour
  • Eye colour
  • Blood group


i. Clinic recruited donors

ii. Known donors who are a friend or relative of the egg recipient

iii. Overseas donors (California Cryobank- CCB)


How successful is DI?

A normally fertile woman will have 15%-20% chance of a live baby following a DI cycle. Due to a decrease in the number of sperm donors Australia wide, the number of DI cycles we offer each patient has been limited.


How is the treatment performed?

The semen is drawn up into a fine catheter and inseminated into the uterus at the time of ovulation. Following the insemination, you should lead a normal life.


Will I be able to use the same donor for a subsequent baby?

We would like to help you with this but we cannot guarantee it. In some circumstances this is possible but not always.