Reduced treatment costs for sperm sharers
By taking part in our sperm-sharing programme, not only can you reduce the overall cost of your own treatment by receiving a free standard IVF treatment package, but you can also help other people on their journey to parenthood by donating some of your sperm.
How does it work?
Bourn Hall was one of the first clinics to introduce a sperm sharing programme. It offers help to others whose only hope of a family is through sperm donation, and it also benefits the sharer; in return for sharing your sperm, you and your partner will receive our standard IVF treatment package free of charge (see table below).
|Sperm Sharers||Free of charge|
|Medical and nursing care||Freezing of suitable embryos|
|All in-treatment laboratory tests and procedures||HFEA registration fee|
|All monitoring and scanning costs||Pregnancy urine test|
|Cyst aspiration (if required)||Pregnancy ultrasound scan|
|Local anaesthetic or Intravenous sedation (for egg collection procedure only)||Follow-up consultation (if taken within two months of treatment completion)|
|Egg collection||First year storage|
|Fees are payable for the initial consultation and screening tests that are required to determine eligibility for this free package of IVF treatment.|
As a sperm sharer you will donate sperm to our sperm bank and, after a quarantine period of six months you will be able to have a free cycle of IVF treatment yourselves. You can opt to have your treatment before this, if you wish. On completion of your donation and quarantine period, you will receive a refund equivalent to the price of a standard IVF package for the treatment you have already had yourself.
Who might need donated sperm?
Those who may benefit from receiving donor sperm include:
- Men with a genetic condition or other fertility factors that causes them to have no or very poor sperm production
- Men who have undergone cancer treatment, a vasectomy or suffered an injury or illness that has resulted in there being no sperm in their semen sample
- Men who are carriers of an inherited disease, such as haemophilia or Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which mean that using his sperm would put the life of the man’s potential baby at risk
- Couples wanting a baby who have incompatible blood types. For instance, if the female partner is Rhesus (Rh)-sensitised and the male partner is Rh positive, this would potentially make the pregnancy problematic
- Female same-sex couples and single women
Is it right for me?
If you’re a healthy male aged 18-40yrs undergoing fertility treatment with us, and your semen test results are good, you could be a sperm sharer. If you think you’d like to participate, speak to us and we’ll arrange a free appointment with one of our fertility specialist doctors.
To see whether you are eligible to become a sperm sharer, the doctor will examine you and ask about your family’s medical history. You’ll need to have some blood screening tests; these are carried out to ensure that all sperm sharers are free of infections, diseases or genetic conditions that could potentially be transmitted.
By sharing your sperm, you’d be helping another couple experiencing infertility. Current British law allows us to create up to 10 families from one sperm donor.
The process for sharing is the same as for anyone donating sperm.
Following an initial consultation, you will be offered free counselling before you decide to become a sperm sharer. If all is well and you decide to go ahead, we will ask you to attend the clinic at regular intervals to donate sperm. Usually, this involves 10-15 visits to the clinic. Your samples will be frozen so they can be used in the future.
Your samples are then quarantined for an appropriate period before you come back to the clinic for repeat screening tests. If these tests are also clear, we can use the frozen samples to help patients who need donated sperm for their treatment. At this point, you will be eligible for a free cycle of IVF treatment or a refund on a cycle of treatment you may have had in the meantime.
Even if you don’t need treatment, you can help others to complete their families by donating sperm or eggs via our Become a Donor programme.