Sperm / Egg Donation
Gamete donation raises many complex issues and couples contemplating such treatments psychological implications will be explored fully. Sperm donors are matched as closely as possible for physical characteristics and blood group to the male partner of women receiving the donor sperm. Donor sperm can be used for donor insemination and for IVF.
Eggs are recovered from the donor and the sperm from the recipient’s partner is used to inseminate the eggs in the laboratory either by IVF or ICSI. The resulting embryos are transferred two or three days later to the recipient’s uterus.
Egg donation is indicated for the following reasons:
- Premature menopause.
- Genetic abnormality.
- Poor ovarian response to hormonal stimulation.
- Absence of ovaries.
- Ovarian failure due to chemotherapy/radiotherapy.