What is sperm donation?
Sperm donation is a fertility treatment where sperm from an anonymous or known sperm donor is used to create a pregnancy.
When to consider sperm donation?
Sperm donation is often considered in the following situations:
- If the intended father does not produce any sperm or has a low sperm quantity or quality
- Same-sex female couples intending to be parents
- Single women intending to be a parents.
Sperm donation process
The sperm donor can either be someone you know, such as a family member or friend, or you can choose to use an anonymous donor.
Donor sperm can be used as part of intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). For IVF, eggs are inseminated with donor sperm and then transferred into the uterus of the intended mother or a gestational carrier.
Choosing a Donor
Directed (Known) Sperm Donation
This program allows prospective parents to choose a donor with whom they have a personal connection, such as a friend or a family member.
Anonymous Sperm Donation
There are several Health Canada approved donor sperm distributers in Canada who can help you find the right donor. Donor profiles have extensive non-identifying information about each donor.
- In-vitro Fertilization (IVF)
- Intrauterine Insemination (IUI)
- Tests for Women
- Tests for Men
- Cycle Monitoring
- Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Aneuploidy (PGT-A or PGS)
- Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Monogenic and Single Gene Defects (PGT-M or PGD)
- Preimplantation Genetic Testing for Structural Rearrangements (PGT-SR or PGD)
- Egg Donation
- Sperm Donation
- Embryo Donation
- Gestational Carrier (Surrogacy)
- Counselling and Wellness
- Elective Egg Freezing
- Alternative Therapies