Herts and Essex Fertility Centre have been helping both couples and single women conceive using sperm donation for many years
Our very own In-house Sperm Bank
Herts & Essex Fertility Centre has established an in-house bank of sperm donors, who satisfy the UK medical and legal guidelines to provide safe and regulated treatment for those requiring treatment using a sperm donor.
Sperm Donors Screening
We pride ourselves on having an in-house Donor Sperm Bank. We are constantly striving to increase the number of sperm donors, to provide our patients the very best choice when matching for their preferred characteristics. This is made possible by our commitment to our altruistic Sperm Donation and Sperm Sharing schemes.
HEFC sperm donors are medically screened thoroughly both before and after completion of their donations. This enables the clinic to guarantee that the sperm used is free from transmissible disease to safeguard the women receiving sperm and any children conceived as a result of the sperm donation.
Our donors also provide a detailed medical history to include their family history for further safeguarding. Sperm quality is an important predictor of pregnancy, which is why sperm donors are thoroughly assessed according to the latest World Health Organisation guidelines for normal sperm parameters. In addition, our donors also benefit from HBA testing, an important test in determining sperm maturity (link to HBA blog).
Dr Lucy Richardson tells us more about out in-house sperm bank in the video below:
Counselling & Siblings opportunity
All HEFC sperm donors must attend counselling ahead of acceptance onto our donor programme. This enables all our donors to be fully informed about the implications of donation and importantly, the impact of donor non-anonymity. According to UK law, all sperm donors must consent to the release of identifying information to any child conceived as a result of donation once the child reaches the age of 18. The donor can also consent to the creation of up to ten families and at HEFC we ensure that successful recipients of our sperm donors have the option of purchasing sibling stock to extend their families further in the future.
What about legal parentage for women in same-sex relationships?
HEFC will ensure that legal binding consent forms are completed to enable both partners within a same-sex relationship, irrespective of marital status, to be legal parents of their donor-conceived child.
No such regulations exist to protect same-sex couples using a sperm donor sourced outside of a HFEA regulated clinic.
In this scenario, the sperm donor may be considered the child’s legal father, which means he will have all the rights and responsibilities associated with being a father. Importantly this means that the donor may be pursued for a financial contribution towards the child’s upbringing.
However, at HEFC, the sperm donor is also required to complete legally binding consent forms to enable him to be regarded purely as a donor and therefore holds no legal or financial responsibilities for any children conceived through his donation.
At HEFC, we provide a bespoke matching service to ensure that the donor meets each couple or individual’s specific needs, with the guarantee that the selected donor will have met all our stringent screening requirements.