Treatments Offered (IUI / IVF)
After your fertility assessments you will be offered treatment options, which suit your individual need
Stimulated Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)
Stimulated IUI is the usual treatment for women having insemination with donor sperm.
At the time of ovulation, prepared sperm is introduced directly into the uterus with the aim of getting the sperm nearer the egg for fertilisation. You will be instructed on how to take follicle-stimulating drugs.
These drugs will increase the production of eggs within the body. Scans will determine when you are ready for the IUI procedure. You will have less than three follicles of a certain size.
At a specified time after the final injection you will be asked to attend the clinic for your IUI procedure.
In -Vitro Fertilisation (IVF)
IVF is a very effective fertility treatment if there are fertility problems, for example:
Blocked or damaged Fallopian tubes
- Blocked or damaged tubes
- Repeated failure to conceive with IUI treatment
- Older women
- Patient choice
For IVF treatment you will take follicle stimulating hormone injections, which will increase the production of eggs within the body. Scans will reveal the optimum time for these eggs to be collected. You will be asked to attend the clinic on a specific day for these eggs to be collected under sedation.
Sperm donors are screened and considered to have a ‘normal’ level of fertility, health and intelligence. Donors come from all types of professions. Sperm is donated, frozen and stored. The BCRM has purchased stocks to reserve in advance of any treatment. If you want to purchase your own sperm from a centre either in the UK or abroad please ask the embryologist/nurse for information about this.
Donor Sperm Matching Process
At the BCRM we will match the donor to your requirements. You are the ‘Donor Sperm recipient’ and you will be given non-identifying information about the donors. This information will include: hair and eye colour, height, weight and blood group. Some sperm donors add additional information about themselves in a ‘pen portrait’ this may include hobbies/interests, likes/dislikes. The ‘pen portrait’ can be obtained at any time by Donor Sperm recipients, and can be passed on to your child.
Known Sperm Donor
A known Sperm Donor is someone you know who would like to donate sperm for your treatment, please enquire about this at the BCRM.
Treatment support is offered before, during and after fertility treatment. HFEA regulation states all couples or single women receiving donor sperm will have an initial implications counselling session. Our fertility therapist is a highly experienced, BICA accredited counsellor, who will talk through issues which relate to your treatment.
After your first counselling session you will be offered treatment support at your request throughout your treatment.
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The BCRM has facilities for wheelchair users. Please inform staff at the BCRM if you require any assistance with any disability you may have.