Treatment with Donor Sperm
Therapeutic insemination or in vitro fertilization with donor sperm is considered when there is a male factor resulting from absent or significantly abnormal sperm. When couples plan to start a family the possibility of having an infertility problem is the furthest thing from their mind. The recommendation to use donor sperm is sometimes not easily received by couples. It is important to be well informed about all aspects of this treatment option in order to make a decision whether or not to proceed with treatment. At Reproductive Resource Center of Greater Kansas City, we are committed to answering your questions and providing you with the information you need to make that important decision.
The use of donor sperm to achieve a pregnancy has been practiced for over a century. It is a common treatment option especially when intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is not possible. Pregnancy rates correlate with the manner is which the sperm is used, insemination verses in vitro fertilization.
As with any fertility treatment option, you will be well informed in order to make a decision whether to proceed with treatment. We provide you that opportunity during the Sperm Donation Consult. The intent of this consult is to provide answers to your questions as well as information about the entire process from donor screening and selection through the actual treatment process. If you are an established patient, you can anticipate this consult to last about 60 minutes; longer for couples who need a review of their infertility history, a physical exam, or other laboratory screening. This consult is for your benefit, so we will take as much time as you need in order to be able to make an informed decision.
Prior to your appointment, you may find it helpful to visit the websites of sperm banks contracted with by Reproductive Resource Center. This will provide you an opportunity to look at specimen costs and donor availability. Those sites are www.fairfaxcryobank.com, www.xytex.com, www.cryolab.com, www.cryobank.com and www.internationalcryo.com.
A successful Fertility Program requires a team effort. You will have the opportunity to meet with several members of the team during your consult. You can anticipate meeting with the Third Party Nurse Coordinator, your physician, and a financial counselor. Here are some of the questions you can expect to be covered during your consult:
- Who are the donors?
- How are the donors screened?
- How much information is available on the donor?
- How do I select a donor?
- Can I use a known donor or a sperm bank?
- What are the procedural aspects of the treatment?
- What are the risks and limitations of this treatment?
- Do I have any alternatives?
- What is the cost?
- What is the success rate?
To schedule an appointment, call Amber Harvey, our Patient Coordinator, to obtain the password required to complete the Information Packet found on the home page Click Here for New Patient Registration. Feel free to send or fax the information. After the information is reviewed, you will be contacted by one of our clinic personnel to assist in scheduling your consult.
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