IVF with sperm donation


Expanding possibilities

IVF with sperm donation is a specialised fertility treatment option where sperm from a donor is used to fertilise eggs from the intended mother or egg donor in a lab setting. This approach is often chosen by single women, lesbian couples, or heterosexual couples facing male infertility issues, such as low sperm count, poor sperm mobility, or genetic concerns that could be passed onto offspring. Sperm donation offers the chance to experience pregnancy and give birth to a child when other options may be limited, expanding the possibilities of creating a family.

What you can expect from us

Carefully selected donors

We carefully select the most suitable donor from our extensive pool of open-ID donors for you to approve. If you decline this choice, our team will share another equally excellent candidate for your consideration.

Personalised Care

Treatment plans for IVF with sperm donation are uniquely tailored to each individual, increasing the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

Informed Embryo Selection

We employ state-of-the-art technology for accurate and informed embryo selection.

What you can expect from your treatment

Stages of treatment

Planning treatment

During your first visit, your fertility specialist will assess your medical history and discuss treatments, including potential health checks to personalise your treatment and enhance your chance of a successful pregnancy, such as bloodwork and ultrasounds.

Once your test results are back, your doctor will review and confirm your treatment plan. Before finding a suitable sperm donor, you’ll need to agree to the plan and estimated costs provided by your dedicated Patient Coordinator.

Finding your Donor

Our Donation Team will assist you in selecting your ideal sperm donor from our carefully screened and non-anonymous donor pool. Our clinic, hosting one of Portugal’s largest sperm banks, also collaborates with international banks within the European Union. We recommend reserving an adequate number of sperm samples from the selected donor for your current treatment and future options, such as pursuing a second child with the same male donor.

All our sperm donors undergo pre-screening for genetic tests, and we encourage our patients to consider extended genetic screening for compatibility. 

Ovarian Stimulation

After confirming the costs, your treatment begins. Your doctor will design a personalised hormonal medication plan to stimulate the recruitment and growth of multiple mature eggs in your ovaries. We’ll closely monitor the cycle’s progress, ensuring the number and size of growing follicles align with obtaining viable eggs.

Egg Retrieval

Under the guidance of ultrasound monitoring, a skilled IVF doctor performs the egg retrieval procedure while you’re under sedation, which typically lasts about 15 minutes. Later that day, our team member will coordinate with you to schedule the embryo transfer. The eggs retrieved are carefully placed into a specialised culture medium for further processing.

Sperm Processing

In our IVF lab, the frozen sperm sample from your donor undergoes optimisation to isolate the most vigorous sperm. In conventional IVF methods, eggs are combined overnight with a sample containing a large number of spermatozoa, facilitating fertilisation. Alternatively, our embryologists may opt for a technique known as Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI). With ICSI, each mature egg is directly injected with a carefully selected sperm to enhance fertilisation rates.

Embryo Culture

After fertilisation, your embryos are kept in a special incubator (Embryoscope®) until the scheduled transfer. Our Embryoscope® and AI algorithms ensure round-the-clock monitoring of their growth. In freeze-all cycles, any obtained embryos are safely vitrified for future use.

Embryo Transfer

During the embryo transfer, your doctor will carefully place one or two embryos in your uterus to support pregnancy. In freeze-all cycles, Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) is performed. Extra viable embryos will be frozen for future use in case of a second child or if the initial attempt doesn’t succeed. After the embryo transfer you will need to wait for 12 days for a pregnancy test. 

Learn more about how we can help

Arrange a free call with one of our expert Care Advisors today and learn more about how we can help you to achieve your dream of a family.