Sperm Donor Insemination in Los Angeles
Deciding to start a family can be an exciting time. However, many infertile males, single women, and same-sex female couples lack viable sperm and require a fertility specialist to achieve pregnancy.
At Reproductive Fertility, Dr. Saadat can help you achieve your family dreams through sperm donor insemination. Sperm donor insemination is a safe and effective fertility treatment to help women become pregnant. The process is performed using donor sperm and intrauterine insemination (IUI) techniques.
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Who Can Benefit From Sperm Donor Insemination?
An increasing number of women are choosing to have children without a marital partner. Sperm donor insemination allows women to have the families they desire without the need for a husband or other male contributor.
Same-Sex Female Couples
Many same-sex couples desire children but find it difficult due to the limitations of biology. Sperm donor insemination allows same-sex female couples to produce biological children without the need for surrogacy or adoption.
Couples With Male Infertility Problems
For some couples, sperm donor insemination is an option to increase the chances of pregnancy. This is especially useful for providing viable sperm for male-female couples when the male suffers from infertility.
How Does Sperm Donor Insemination Work?
Before your treatment can take place, you will meet with Dr. Saadat. He will go over your medical history, current reproductive health, and perform fertility diagnostic tests as needed. He will help you determine which donor sperm you’d like to use and answer any questions or concerns you may have to make sure your experience is as comfortable as possible. Dr. Saadat may suggest ovarian stimulation medication for your treatment based on your fertility needs.
Washing the Sperm
Prior to the sperm donor insemination treatment, your specialist will “wash” the donated sperm to minimize the chances of infection. Washing the donor semen will separate the sperm from the seminal fluid along with any chemicals used during the freezing process. This provides a safe sample for use in the insemination process. This is similar to the IUI process.
Once the sperm sample is washed, it is carefully placed in the uterine cavity at a time carefully determined by your fertility doctor.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does sperm donor insemination cost in Southern California?
The costs associated with a sperm donor insemination procedure can vary depending on the sperm donor, the complexity of the procedure (usually impacted by fertility concerns), and the number of attempts needed to achieve a pregnancy. Costs may also change based on the procedure location, doctor’s fees, and the costs of medications used. Dr. Saadat will be able to give you a personalized quote following your consultation.
What are the benefits of a sperm donor insemination procedure?
The main benefit of the procedure is the increased chance of conception compared to traditional means. There is also a reduced chance of transmitting STDs. For patients who do not have a male contributor, the procedure can allow for families that would not otherwise be possible. This procedure is also generally less expensive than the cost of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and less invasive than an IVF procedure.
Can I use sperm from someone I know instead of a sperm bank?
Choosing an anonymous sperm donor from a sperm bank is the most common choice. However, some patients choose a known sperm donor, which can be a family member, friend, or acquaintance who wishes to help with their pregnancy journey.
Can sperm donor insemination compensate for low sperm count?
Yes. Using multiple sperm samples for the insemination procedure and inserting the sperm directly both increase the chances of pregnancy, even if the sperm donor has a low sperm count.
What are the risks associated with sperm donor insemination?
Sperm donor insemination is a very safe procedure. However, there are slightly elevated risks of infection with the procedure compared to traditional intercourse. Other risks, such as cramping or miscarriage, are extremely rare but cannot be entirely discounted.
Does sperm donor insemination increase the risk of birth defects?
No. At this time, there is no evidence to support the idea that sperm donor insemination or other similar fertility procedures increase the risk of birth defects, genetic diseases, or autism.