Donor Services

We offer known donor programs for sperm, eggs and embryos. More specific information regarding individual programs may be found below.

Potential recipients who are interested in the donor program are required to have an appointment with a Fertility SA Specialist to discuss their suitability for the program prior to any appointments being made for donor/s.

It is important to note that recipients are responsible for the full cost of their own and their donor’s treatment and for this reason we recommend that patients do not consider using donors who are not eligible for Medicare. Additionally, Fertility SA recommends that egg donors be under 38 years of age.

As it is illegal to pay for donor gametes in South Australia, Fertility SA is unable to facilitate treatment for couples contemplating treatment overseas.

To make an appointment with one of our specialists to discuss our Donor Program visit our ‘Making an Appointment’ page.

Donor Sperm Program

Known Donation of Sperm – Information for potential recipients and donors
There are many reasons why couples may only be able to have a child by using donated sperm.

The decision to include donated sperm or to become a donor is a complex one, with lifelong implications. The Reproductive Technology Act 1988 states the welfare of any child conceived using this technology is of utmost importance and therefore we must consider this at all times when planning to proceed with treatment.

As the interests of the child conceived are paramount, the recipients of donated gametes should be prepared to share information regarding their child‟s conception in line with current evidence.

“Donor Conception – Telling your Child” is available from Parenting SA and ongoing support is offered through the counselling service at Fertility SA

Known donors are known to the recipients and are for their use exclusively. It is illegal in Australia to receive payment for human tissue which includes donated sperm.

Clinic Supplied Donor Sperm Program
For those patients requiring clinic supplied donor sperm, Fertility SA offers a unit supplied donor sperm program (‘Sperm Bank’). We offer a number of donors with a variety of characteristics who also meet the strict criteria required under our clinic’s standards and the legislative requirements for ART clinics in South Australia.

On occasion, however, patients may wish to enquire about donors with specific ethnicity, religious or other characteristics and in these instances Fertility SA offers a personalised sperm recruitment service to meet individual needs where possible. Because this service involves individual sourcing and transportation, it is more expensive than the general unit supplied sperm program and often involves longer lead times.

Donor Egg Program

Known Donation of Oocytes (Eggs) – Information for potential recipients and donors
There are many reasons why some couples may only be able to have children using eggs donated by other women. The decision to use donor eggs or to become a donor is a complex one, with lifelong implications.

The SA Reproductive Technology Act 1988 states that the welfare of any child conceived using this technology is of utmost importance and therefore we must consider this at all times while planning to proceed with treatment.

As the interests of the child conceived are paramount, the recipients of donated gametes should be prepared to share the information regarding their child’s conception in line with current evidence. ‘Donor Conception-Telling your Child’ is available from Parenting SA and ongoing support is offered through the counselling service at Fertility SA. For these reasons Fertility SA only offers treatment to those donors known to their recipients.

Reasons that a woman might need eggs from a donor include:
• Her own eggs are failing to fertilise or create embryos that are able to sustain an ongoing pregnancy
• Ovarian failure due to chemotherapy treatment for cancer
• Premature ovarian failure or menopause.

Egg donation is also one option for women who have a high chance of passing on a serious genetic condition to their children. In these situations, egg donation may be the only option for these women to have a chance of having a healthy baby. It is illegal in Australia to receive payment for human tissue which includes donated eggs.

Donor Embryo Program

Known Donation of Embryos – Information for potential recipients and donors
This offers the opportunity of conception to another couple using embryos created during the donor couple’s IVF treatment journey. You may be considering embryo donation for reasons such as a desire to donate rather than dispose of any remaining embryos or the desire to assist another couple facing the challenges of completing their family.