Sperm Donation

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Treatment with Donor Sperm

The use of donor sperm is an alternative in cases where, in an infertile couple, the man does not produce sperm (non-obstructive azoospermia) or has extremely low sperm quality, and there is a risk of transmitting genetic diseases from the man. It is a necessary option for couples of women and single women seeking to conceive.

Donor Selection

Based on the physical characteristics (phenotype) and blood group of the receiving couple, the donor is selected from a sperm bank. Sperm banks are certified with rigorous quality control methods, where donors undergo various analyses to exclude infectious diseases and the possibility of transmitting the most common genetic diseases. We have a protocol with the European Sperm Bank (ESB) for acquiring sperm samples.

The cryopreserved donor sperm is used in the technique of intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF).

The entire process is carried out according to safety and quality standards established by the National Council for Medically Assisted Procreation and the recommendations of good medical practice, ensuring complete confidentiality.

According to Portuguese law, individuals born as a result of assisted reproduction processes using donated gametes or embryos can obtain genetic information about themselves from the competent health services. They can also obtain information about the donor’s civil identification from the CNPMA (National Council for Medically Assisted Procreation), provided they are 18 years of age or older. Under no circumstances can the donor be considered a parent of children born through the use of these techniques (Article 10(2) of Law No. 32/2006, of July 26).