Donor eggs and sperm

Genea provides a supportive and inclusive treatment program for patients using donated eggs or sperm. Some of our clinics have partnerships with international sperm and egg banks but we also support patients who are using their own known donors. Our dedicated team will guide you through the process.

Selecting the right clinic

When considering donation, ensure you research a clinic’s success rates, science and quality of care. If you are going to all the effort of finding a donor, you want to maximise your chance of creating a baby. 8 out of 10 patients who started treatment elsewhere wish they came to Genea first* and Genea’s world leading incubation system has seen an increase of 46.7% in the number of high grade embryos per cycle**.

S2 E6: Donor Story - The Gift Of Life

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).

State register

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.

Transparency

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.

* Of those patients who responded to the Genea patient survey conducted between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017 (223 patients)
** When compared to the traditional incubator and culture medium system. Study performed at Genea’s flagship Kent Street, Sydney CBD laboratory. Data presented at Fertility Society of Australia Conference, October 2017. Adelaide

 

Frequently Asked Questions

The welfare of the person born as a result of assisted reproductive treatment is paramount. This means that the donor conceived person is entitled to know who their donor is, should they want this information. The donor conceived person can request access to the donor’s identity when they reach 18 years of age.

The donor has no legal responsibilities or rights to the child.

Under legislation, the woman giving birth is the legal mother of any child born. The recipient (couple) is financially and legally responsible for the child no matter what. Additionally, the recipient (couple) shall have full custodial and parental rights to the child.

The donation of reproductive tissue must be altruistic however, the recipient will be responsible for all associated costs.