Donor Insemination (DI) is a fertility procedure in which frozen donor sperm is thawed and inserted into a woman’s uterus directly around the time of ovulation, in order to achieve a pregnancy.
The donor sperm can be obtained from a known person or from a clinic-recruited one (unknown donor). Lesbian women or couples who are considering DI will have to determine which type of sperm donor is right for them. For more information visit our Donor Program page.
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The method of DI most commonly used is Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI). There are three IUI treatment options:
The insemination procedure is usually performed by your treating specialist or a fertility coordinator. Your partner is welcome to attend the procedure, which is quick and usually painless – many women describe it as similar to a Pap smear. When the procedure begins, you will lie down as you normally would for a pelvic exam. A speculum will be inserted and the donor sperm sample will be prepared for insertion. The sperm is placed all the way into the uterine cavity with a thin catheter and syringe. Your normal daily activities can be resumed immediately after the procedure.
Your pregnancy test should be performed about two weeks after the insemination. It is important to look after yourself in the first two weeks while waiting to have your pregnancy test.
The time between the insemination and your pregnancy test is often emotionally charged with expectation and anxiety. We understand this can be a difficult time and encourage you to call your clinic for support if you are finding it especially hard to deal with the stress of waiting.
If the procedure is unsuccessful we encourage you to have a follow-up appointment with your treating specialist. At this appointment, plans for further fertility treatment can be made and any questions you have can be answered.
Before going ahead with fertility treatment, please consider that each state has different legislation in regard to assisted reproductive treatment, for example:
Therefore, we encourage you to refer to your own state legislation for more information and see one of our specialists to discuss your individual circumstances and explore your options.
Donor Insemination treatment is not recommended for:
As each treatment cycle is structured to suit individual needs, costs will vary between patients depending on the level of service required.
Following your initial consultation with a Rainbow Fertility specialist, you will be given a booking for a complimentary pre-treatment information session with one of our experienced fertility coordinators and patient services administrators. All aspects of your fertility treatment, including the cost structure, will be discussed with you at this time. If you have any questions regarding treatment fees, Medicare and private health insurance rebates before this, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly patient services team. Call: 1300 222 623 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For general information about treatment fees, please visit our Treatment Costs page
We would like you to take a moment to consider some of the factors that may influence the decisions you make in your journey towards parenthood with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART).
Some of the things you may have to consider are:
We invite you to take your time to consider the above. Try not to feel rushed, and trust your instinct.
At Rainbow Fertility, our specialists have extensive experience in helping create LGBTI families. Feel free to contact our friendly team to learn more about our donor program and the fertility treatment options available to you.