Sperm Donation

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.

Donor Agencies: