Couples may choose to use donor sperm when the male partner's sperm count or motility is extremely low, or if the man does not produce sperm. Single women may also choose to conceive using donor sperm. Your decision to use donor sperm is always kept confidential at Gundersen Health System Fertility Center.
The donor sperm program at Gundersen helps guide you through the process of purchasing sperm from accredited sperm banks in the United States. All donors are anonymous, though each bank has a variable set of information available about each donor to help with your selection. Gundersen only accepts and allows treatment using donor sperm from FDA-approved sperm banks that hold multiple other accreditations.
Donors are carefully screened for major illnesses and inheritable illnesses. They are also tested for infectious diseases, such as HIV and hepatitis viruses. After the initial testing, the sperm samples are quarantined for six months. At six months, the donor is again tested for various infectious diseases prior to the sperm being available for purchase.
Using anonymous donor sperm is a relatively safe and proven method for achieving pregnancy. Many couples conceive through this method.
For more information about donor insemination or to schedule an appointment with Gundersen Fertility Center, call (608) 775-2306 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52306.