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
Known Sperm Donation
CReATe is one of two Canadian clinics to offer 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.