Egg and sperm donation treatment is regulated by state legislation, industry requirements, NH&MRC guidelines and clinic policies and protocols. These may vary between Genea locations, dependent on state legislation.
Genea believes it is important for both medical and psychosocial reasons that a child is able to know his or her genetic origins. The law in most clinic locations requires that donor offspring are able to access identifying information about their donor (if unknown) when they turn 18. There is also state and clinic regulations that limits the total number of families of an individual donor (including their own) to between 5 and 10.
All patients and their partners (where applicable) accessing donor treatment will be required to undergo counselling with one of our accredited counsellors. For known donation the counselling will mean a session for the recipient (and partner); the donor (and partner) and a subsequent joint session of all. If using a bank donor there will typically be one counselling session for the recipient (and partner).
Please be aware that in all locations other than the ACT, there is a requirement that donor births are reported to a state register. This includes the identifying details of the donor.
Both recipients and donors are required to disclose all matters reasonably relevant to donation (e.g. mental and physical health, relationships, reproductive history, substance use etc.).
The process of undergoing donor treatment will vary depending on whether you are using eggs or sperm from your known donor or an unknown (bank) donor.
Known donor - eggs or sperm
If you are using a known donor, your first step is a consultation with your Genea Fertility Specialist for both you and your donor. Your doctor will arrange for various tests to be done and refer you for counselling. Once you have seen a Fertility Specialist, you will contact our counsellors to book appointments.
A nurse interview will also be required and this can be arranged at any time after counselling has been initiated, but preferably as close to treatment as possible. Separate appointments will be required for you and your donor. Donated sperm must be quarantined for a minimum of 4 months before you can use it. For eggs, you can choose to waive this quarantine if you prefer.
After the nurse interview, and once all paper work has been signed, and after quarantine (if applicable), treatment can begin.
Patients using known donors find them amongst family, friends and acquaintances or through the internet or advertising. Genea recommends that known egg donors are preferably under the age of 35 years and have also completed their own families.
Unknown egg donor (bank eggs)
If using an egg bank (with which Genea has an agreement), please contact our Donor Coordinator after you have seen your Fertility Specialist. The Donor Coordinator will send you important information around the costs, conditions and process and will book the counselling for you. When the counselling is completed you can order the eggs and arrange the nurse interview. You can begin your cycle after the eggs arrive at the clinic.
Unknown sperm donor (bank sperm)
If using a sperm bank (with which Genea has an agreement), please contact our Donor Coordinator after you have seen your Fertility Specialist and you will be placed on the waiting list. The Donor Coordinator will send you important information about the costs, conditions and process. The Donor Coordinator will book your counselling appointment as you approach the top of the waiting list. After the counselling has been done you can order the sperm (which will be out of quarantine) and arrange the nurse interview. You can begin your cycle after the sperm has arrived at the clinic.