Donated sperm

Male infertility is an increasing problem; some 25% of all couples who are infertile probably have a sperm problem as the main cause. However, the requirement for donor insemination has fallen in recent years due to the development of new techniques for previously male infertility, particularly intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). There are still many occasions where even this is not possible, or couples may prefer not to use this and donor insemination provides them with a chance to have a child.

What is Donor Insemination?

Sperm are donated by a fertile man (the donor) and are used instead of the partner’s sperm to try to produce a child.

See our donor insemination information leaflet for further information.

The following are our live birth rates for treatment cycles started in the year ending 30th June 2012. The HFEA give advice on success rates

  <35 35-37 38-39 40-42
Ninewells 18% (9/50) 2/24 2/15 0/7
National average 17% 12% 10.6%  7%

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