Donor insemination was originally used in treating couples with male or unexplained infertility. However, the widespread uptake of ICSI in the 1990s - which quickly proved much more effective - saw a decline in donor insemination as a widespread infertility treatment. Since then, donor insemination has been much more enthusiastically used as a fertility treatment for women with no male partner - and in these cases, where there is no real cause on infertility, it has been very successful. The only downside has been a shortage of donor sperm, a problem addressed by a change in the regulations on compensation to donors and by the London Sperm Bank's sympathetic donor recruitment campaigns.
The London Women's Clinic is the clinic of choice for single and lesbian women hoping to become pregnant. In most cases these are women who are perfectly fertile but without a male partner, and donor insemination is a suitable treatment with a very high success rate.
We have been treating lesbian couples and single women for more than ten years, and indeed we were one of the very first clinics in the UK to do so. During this time we have helped more than 2000 single and lesbian women in their wish to have a baby, and our supportive medical staff are all committed to offering this special group of patients the best chance.
Treatment is quite simple and is usually planned for several cycles. All our donor sperm is provided by the London Sperm Bank, the biggest and most successful donor bank in the UK. This is important because, before starting any treatment, patients can be matched with their chosen sperm donor. With the UK’s widest choice of donor, you can be confident that you have the best chance of using a donor who matches your preferences.
All London Sperm Bank donors are carefully selected according to the rules laid out by the British Andrology Society, the British Fertility Society and the HFEA. All samples are quarantined for six months following donation and not released for use until all tests are complete and satisfactory.
The HFEA keeps a confidential register of information about all donors, patients and treatments. A donor-conceived person now has the right to access:
Non-identifying information about the donor and any donor-conceived genetic siblings, from the age of 16
Identifying information about the donor (where applicable), from the age of 18
Identifying information about donor- conceived genetic siblings, with mutual consent, from the age of 18
Our INSEMINAR events are a great chance to learn more about treatment using donor sperm. The session will guide you through how to pick a sperm donor, your fertility and your various treatment options using donor sperm. The meetings also consider legal implications and how to support yourself through treatment.