Sperm Donation

What is Sperm Donation?

Sperm donation is used in cases when pregnancy with the own sperm of the male is not recommended due to medical reasons or if no sperm can be obtained from the male.

How is Sperm Donation done?

The sperm used in Sperm Donation programs are provided from healthy fertile male donating to sperm banks located in the USA and Denmark. Their medical, physical and ethnic characteristics are recorded and have gone through all appropriate medical tests.

When is Sperm Donation recommended?

  • Cases in which ​no sperm is obtained from the ejaculate or testicles.
  • Cases in which sperm is detected but structural deformities are observed which disables the ability to fertile the oocyte.
  • In cases where hereditary diseases are detected.
  • In cases where the male is a carrier of sexually- transmitted diseases such as HIV.
  • In cases which affect the blood RH compatibility.

Evaluation and Follow-up of the Female Prior to the Sperm Donation Application

Prior to the Sperm Donation process, the female should be evaluated via ultrasound examination, go through hormone tests and if no problem is detected, then various other screening tests are carried out. Afterwards oocyte development follow-ups are launched using ultrasound and hormonal tests. If the female oocytes cannot be used​ ​then the sperm donation will become an ​embryo donation treatment.

Factors that should be taken into consideration in Sperm Donation

Sperm used in the Sperm Donation are obtained from the sperm banks (currently, most of the sperm used are provided from the sperm banks in Denmark, England and the USA). The sperm are donated by fertile and healthy males. The sperm used are frozen under special conditions.

In Sperm donation programs only the sperm with the special permission and approval of the Ministry of Health that have gone through certificated obligatory tests are used. Apart from the obligatory tests, educational background, ethnic origin, detailed physical characteristics of the donor are included in the certificates obtained from the sperm banks.

Tests carried out to evaluate the donor sperm obtained from the Sperm Banks:

  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea
  • Karyotype (46 YX)

And if no problem is detected in these test, they are accepted for the donor program. Also, according to the legal legislation of the country where sperm donation is applied, additional tests may be required (i.e. thalassemia, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia…)

Determination of the Sperm that will be used in the Sperm Donation Program

The determination of the choice of the sperm is made by considering the compatibility between the sperm donor’s blood type and physical characteristics.

When the oocyte collection phase from the female is launched, the donated sperm is thawed to prepare the sperm and the oocyte for the microinjection phase. After fertilization, the embryo transfer phase is launched.

Success in the Sperm Donation

Success in the sperm donation made with the donated sperm is related to the age, ovary reserve of the female and her response to the treatment. Most of the time, as in the microinjection applications, multiple pregnancy may be encountered.

Sperm Donation FAQ

Yes, we welcome single and lesbian women for our sperm donation program.

Our sperm bank contains sperm from all ethnicities and is the largest sperm bank in Cyprus.

We only work with Cryos International based in Denmark which is the world’s most reputable sperm bank. All sperm imported from Cryos are certificated from the Ministry of Health.

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