Our fertility experts explain which patients are good candidates for donor sperm
Fertility Specialists of Texas provides advanced fertility treatments, including third party reproduction. One of the most popular of these options is donor sperm. When patients start learning about how to conceive with donor sperm, they often have questions. Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility specialists find many people want to know which patients are good candidates for donor sperm.
A quick overview of this effective family-building option
Before discussing the candidates for donor sperm, it makes sense to talk about how patients can conceive with donor sperm. People can use donor sperm to have a healthy baby using one of two techniques. The first is intrauterine insemination (IUI), and the second is in vitro fertilization (IVF).
During an IUI cycle, the patient who will carry the pregnancy will often take ovarian stimulation medications. The goal is to stimulate the development of multiple eggs. When the eggs reach maturity, one of our doctors will use a catheter to place donor sperm into the patient’s uterus.
With an IVF cycle, the patient who will provide the eggs will also take ovarian stimulation medications. Once the eggs are mature, one of our doctors will retrieve them during a short, outpatient procedure. Embryologists in the IVF lab will fertilize the eggs with donor sperm. A doctor will then transfer one of the resulting embryos.
Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility specialists will work with each patient to help them decide which treatment plan is best for them.
Discussing what types of patients make good candidates for donor sperm
To successfully conceive with donor sperm, it’s important to make sure it’s a good fit for a patient. The following groups of patients often make good candidates for donor sperm.
- Couples with severe male infertility can benefit from this option.
- Same-sex female couples who want to have a biological child may explore donor sperm.
- Single women who are ready to become mothers can conceive with donor sperm.
If you’re interested in exploring donor sperm as a family-building option, we can help. Our Dallas-Fort Worth fertility specialists can order testing and discuss your goals to create the best treatment plan for you. Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more.