IVF with donor sperm is very similar to Standard IVF, with one key difference — the sperm comes from someone other than the male partner. The egg can come from a female partner or a donor.
In early appointments, expect to go through blood tests and scans, select a donor, and order sperm from a reputable supplier.2 It can take several weeks to process paperwork and for the order to arrive.
After ordering sperm, it’s time to source eggs from a donor or use your own. If you’re using your own, you’ll go through the egg collection process over the course of about a month.
In a lab, an embryologist will fertilise eggs with the donor sperm and monitor those embryos for several days as they grow. Good quality, healthy embryos can be transferred to a woman’s womb, and any extras can be frozen and stored to use later.
After an embryo is transferred, patients wait a few weeks before taking a pregnancy test. If it’s positive, they can carry the pregnancy like any other. If it’s negative, they can transfer any remaining embryos, or start the process over again.3
IVF with donor sperm can improve changes for healthy pregnancies in cases of male factor infertility, because the sperm has been checked by clinic staff. Donor sperm and healthy non-donor sperm have similar chances of success.4 Women under 35 typically have a 14% live birth rate, and success rates naturally decrease with age.
Here are average costs from across all of the UK:
Base cost of IVF:
Total average cost:
Generally, IVF with donor sperm costs around £7,550. Donor sperm typically costs an additional £1,000 on top of an IVF cycle, which covers the sperm and admin fees.
Clinics’ listed prices can leave out essential procedures and medications, such as embryo freezing and storage for additional embryos created, sedation during egg collection and medication. All these extra costs can be up to £3,000 on top of your treatment costs.