Available in our Austrian TFP fertility clinics
All TFP clinics in Austria have their own on-site sperm bank. Our donors are carefully selected and extensively medically tested.
According to Austrian law, our donors remain anonymous to the outside world. Only a child conceived with donor sperm has a right to know information about the identity of the donor from the age of 14. You also have the option of using the sperm of a donor known to you.
We recommend treatment using donor sperm (donor insemination) from the clinic's internal sperm bank if:
the male partner has limited fertility
the chance of having a genetically shared child cannot be improved by using any other fertilisation treatments
the couple are finding other fertilisation treatments too difficult
the male partner carries a genetic disease that makes using donor sperm the best option
lesbian couples wishing for a child of their own
After your first consultation with our experienced doctors, our IVF specialists and embryologists will help you select an appropriate donor in the donor database, with the aim of keeping the physical features of the couple. The social circumstances of donor and recipient are also taken into careful consideration and documented via a questionnaire.
The donor sperm will be set aside for you, and we will carry out treatment using donogenic insemination, IVF or ICSI.
If the couple wishes to have a second child using the same donor, the sperm can be reserved for a second pregnancy (as long as the donor does not cancel the agreement in the meantime). Each treatment is carefully documented.
All the documentation referring to each individual case is liable to legal storage and kept for a period of 30 years.
Unlike other fertility treatments, the costs of treatment with donor sperm are not supported by the IVF fund. The costs therefore must be paid as a private payer, and depend on the treatment procedure. There is therefore no general answer to the question of donor sperm costs.
We would be happy to clarify these and other questions in a personal consultation with you - contact us now!
A step-by-step guide to using donor sperm at our fertility clinics
Sperm donors are examined very carefully. Acceptance as a sperm donor requires extensive examinations of the sperm itself, blood and urine.
In addition to the usual evaluation of the sperm criteria, the donor's blood samples, sperm samples and urine samples are examined for infectious and sexually transmitted diseases for every donation made. If the semen quality meets the WHO specifications for sperm donors, they are then frozen in a process known as cryopreservation.
However, before donor samples are released for use, they are stored for six months. After 180 days in quarantine, a blood sample from the donor is tested again for infectious and sexually transmitted diseases. Only then, if all samples test as healthy, are the sperm samples finally released for use.
Our clinic team will first explain to you in detail all the medical, legal and social issues related to sperm donation. You will then sign a written agreement with the doctor. This regulates the rights and obligations of all parties involved.
Often, a notarised contract is also required, which above all ensures the rights of the children born using donor sperm. Another written agreement is also signed with the sperm bank.
Couples who want to have children can then select a suitable sperm donor according to various criteria.
The woman's eggs are fertilised with the donated sperm. This is done either by heterologous or donor insemination, heterologous or donor in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or heterologous or donor intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
Your doctor will discuss with you the most fitting method to use. Our expert fertility clinic team will be happy to advise you on your options and answer any questions you may have.
The doctors at your chosen fertility clinic will be happy to explain the risks involved in sperm donation with you individually as part of your consultation. For the woman, however, the risks are basically the same with fertilisation of her eggs by her partner's sperm. Possible risks of infection are largely removed by the intensive testing process mentioned above.
Are you interested in more details about sperm donation in Austria? We would be happy to advise you in detail in a personal initial consultation - contact us now!