Egg & sperm donation
For some people, their only hope of having a child is with the aid of egg, sperm or embryo donors. These altruistic people make it possible for others to fulfil their dreams of parenthood. The decision to have children or to help someone have children with the aid of donated eggs, sperm or embryos is a complex lifelong decision. There are many factors that need to be considered, including potential long term psychosocial, health and legal issues. The interests of the child conceived are paramount and people receiving donated eggs, semen or embryos are encouraged to tell any children conceived of the donor's contribution.
Donors need to be aware that Repromed has a policy to only accept donors if they indicate that they are prepared to release identifying information to the child in the future, once it reaches 16 years of age, if this is requested. For this reason it is very important that donors update their contact information with Repromed, if that changes over the years.
Repromed does not accept anonymous donations.
Donor Program Team:
Joining the Donor Program either as a potential donor or as a recipient is an important and life changing decision for most people and, being aware of this we are committed to making the time you spend with us as informed and supported as possible. At Repromed the donor programs are managed by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and counsellors who meet on a very regular basis to manage your progress through the donor pathways.
Eligibility to become a Donor
If you would like to assist others in achieving a family, please consider the eligibility criteria listed in the Egg, Sperm or Embryo Donation Information Sheet.
For further information please contact our Donor Coordinators on (08) 8333 8111 for a confidential phone consultation regarding your eligibility of becoming a Donor.
Eligibility to become a Recipient (eggs, sperm or embryos)
Eligibility to become an Egg Recipient
The donor egg program is available where women do not produce their own eggs, haven't been able to achieve an ongoing pregnancy with their own eggs or have been advised not to use their own eggs due to a genetic disorder or where it is medically not safe to use their own eggs.
Eligibility to become a Sperm Recipient
The donor sperm program is available where the male partner has no sperm or very low semen parameters, where there is a risk of passing on a genetic abnormality to a child or where there are ejaculatory problems.
Single women with medical infertility are able to access the donor sperm program. However lack of a male partner is viewed as social infertility and doesn't meet the eligibility criteria under the SA Reproductive Technology (Clinical Practices) Act 1988.
Eligibility to become an Embryo Recipient
In SA, VIC & NT the donor embryo program is available to couples where there is both a male and a female medical infertility problem. There are only very limited numbers of embryos donated so availability is restricted to:
- Women with premature menopause or congenital absence of ovaries and where their partner has severe male factor infertility.
- Couples who have been advised not to use their own gametes (eggs and sperm) due to a hereditary disorder
- Couples who have had repeated IVF failure attributed to an egg or sperm problem.
Currently Repromed is not adding any further patients to the waiting list for embryos due to lack of embryos for donation.