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Sperm donation can be required for a variety of reasons, Azoospermia is one of the most common infertility reasons in men which means that no live sperm cells are found in the semen, thus there is no sperm present to fertilize the egg. Another common reason is that the father may have a genetic disease and does not wish to risk passing it onto his child. Sperm donation is also appropriate for people who have experienced multiple unsuccessful IVF cycles, the ability to produce sperm may also be hampered due to infection or trauma or even damaged due to radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Sperm donation is beneficial to eliminate the risks of consanguineous marriage.

Sperm donation can aide conception when there is a low number or absence of sperm. Sperm can be obtained from a licensed sperm bank and treatment can proceed in the normal manner. There is nothing to stop sperm donation patients from having a healthy pregnancy resulting in a live birth. Those who are planning to use a sperm donor should consider whether the donor has passed all the necessary tests. Sperm should only be obtained from banks in Europe with the necessary licenses and quality certificates. At each bank the sperm donor must undergo detailed examinations, these examinations determine whether they are suitable to be a donor and include chromosomal analysis, genetic testing, as well as for sexually transmitted diseases.

Both patient and donor remain completely anonymous.

How to select a sperm donor?

The two most important things to consider when selecting a donor are the physical health of the donor together with the blood type, the donor and the patient should be from the same blood type as this will help to avoid any complications later on in life. The patient has the option to select the donors’ height, weight, age, physical features and body shape. If the patient wishes they can also choose the donors’ educational status, special abilities and even hobbies.

Physical similarities between the donor and patient should also be taken into consideration. Once a donor is selected, even though all the tests have been carried out the obtained sperms are frozen for 6 months and at the end of this period the sample is tested again. The reason for this procedure is to eliminate the risk of disease that was not determined at the initial tests. Therefore, we can be sure that sperm does not contain any disease.

At British IVF Hospital we have a very large donor pool, all of the information relating to our donors is stored on a special database and it is used to select the most appropriate donors for our patients.

Only sperm samples obtained from licensed sperm banks that can operate abroad can be used under legislation in North Cyprus.

The sperm donation treatment process

The process starts as soon as the patient speaks with the doctor and they are deemed to be suitable for sperm donation. Once they have spoken with the doctor and their routine tests have been carried out they are then free to select their sperm donor. In the meantime a protocol is issued and the patient can then begin to prepare for egg collection. During this period we will ask for regular trans-vaginal scans and when ready a trigger injection will be applied, 36 hours later egg collection will take place and the eggs will then be inseminated with the donor sperm. Should the patient desire, genetic screening can be carried out on day 5 and when the patient is ready the embryo transfer can take place. 12 days after transfer a beta HCG hormone is carried out to understand whether pregnancy has occurred or not. Should embryo transfer be postponed for any reason then it is also possible for the embryos to be maintained here at the clinic.

What is the Success Rate of Sperm Donation?

The success rate of sperm donation is directly affected by the mother-to-be’s age. Aside from age the number and quality of the eggs that develop and mature can also have an impact.

What are the tests required for sperm donation treatment?

For female patients the following tests are required

– Blood group
– APTT + PT (Activated Partial Thromboplastin
Time + Prothrombin Time)
– CBC (Complete Blood Count)
– Anti-HCV
– Anti-HIV
– Anti-HBC Igm
– Syphilis

Why Cyprus?

At British Cyprus IVF Hospital we can offer you experienced and qualified specialist physicians along with state – of – art equipment and technology. You can also benefit from the fact that there are no legal implications and those patients who opt for sperm donation are the legal parents of the child. All of our donors remain anonymous and we never share information with third parties. Aside from this Cyprus is an internationally renowned country, with accommodation to suit most budgets as well as a favourable exchange rate.
Should you have any questions regarding sperm donation please feel free to call us on +90 548 859 90 00.

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