To help lesbian women, or couples, in their attempt to become parents, the clinic runs a sperm, egg and embryo donor program. It may seem like a fairly simple process; however, the decision to create a family using donor sperm, eggs, or embryos, will have a significant impact on everyone involved (including the recipient, the donor and the child who is born as a result of the donation). If you decide to go ahead, our friendly staff will provide you with guidance and support throughout the process, helping you make informed decisions and find the right option for you.
Find out more about our donor programs.
One of the first things a lesbian woman, or couple undergoing fertility treatment will need to do is choose a sperm donor. Sperm donors are classified as either “known” or “unknown” depending on the type of relationship between donor and recipient.
Whether working with known or unknown sperm donors, the clinic follows a thorough process of preparation for women, or couples, using donated sperm. This process involves comprehensive medical assessment, detailed screening, consent forms and counselling of all parties involved in the donation. As part of the process, donated sperm is quarantined for three months, with donors rigorously tested for infectious disease both before and six months after the donation. It is also compulsory that the donated sperm from a known donor is stored for a quarantine period of 3 months before released for use. This lengthy process is designed to exclude any donor who does not meet all of our quality standards.
At Rainbow Fertility if you already have a “known” donor we will be happy to work with him. Alternatively, we will help you find a suitable one from our available clinic-recruited donors.
A variety of unknown sperm donors are available for ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) treatment. You can select from clinic-recruited donors from Australia (Sperm Donors Australia), or from clinic-recruited donors from Overseas.
Keep in mind clinic-recruited donors from Australia are able to donate to up no more than 10 women in VIC, QLD, SA and 5 in NSW (this includes the donor and any current or former partner of the donor). If you want to use the same donor for both partners, it is important to let the clinic know. We will try to help you select a donor with whom this is possible.
Lesbian women, or couples, who choose to use a clinic-recruited sperm donor will be provided with a profile of the potential donor(s) consisting of non-identifying details such as physical characteristics, ethnicity, interests, education and career, to help them select the one that is right for them.
After starting the family-building process with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), some women may discover they, or their partner, have a fertility problem and need an egg donor. There are a couple of ways this can be achieved.
People of all ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds can become donors. This includes people of different heights, shapes and sizes, as long as they meet the criteria below:
Some of the things you may have to consider when choosing a donor are:
– What processes for donating is he/she open to: is he/she open to donate for more than one child?
– What is his/her role during the pregnancy, birth, children’s life? Is this the role he/she really wants?
– Will your donor be known to the child?
– Will the donor be open about his/her role with friends and family?
– If your donor has a partner, what is the role of the partner?
We invite you to take your time to consider the above. Try not to feel rushed and trust your instinct.
We understand that choosing a donor can be difficult. We have a dedicated and experienced donor team to provide you with guidance and support throughout the process. Feel free to contact our friendly team to learn more about our donor program and the fertility treatment options available to you.