If you need donor sperm to become pregnant, you can count on ethical expert services from Laura April Gago, MD, and her team at Gago Center for Fertility, with locations in Lansing, Brighton, and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Regardless of your reasons for wanting or needing a sperm donor, Dr. Gago and her team offer expert fertility testing, compassionate counseling, and personalized treatments to help you build your family. Call Gago Center for Fertility or schedule a consultation online today.
Men who pass rigorous physical and psychological screening can donate sperm to help women and couples conceive. Single women, lesbian couples, and heterosexual couples who are dealing with male factor infertility issues may opt for sperm donation. Dr. Gago uses donated sperm for intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in vitro fertilization (IVF) fertility treatments.
The FDA has strict guidelines regarding who can donate sperm, including screenings for genetic disorders and infectious diseases. These regulations ensure the donor is healthy, sound of mind, and doesn’t carry any dangerous genetic markers. Some of the tests a potential donor completes include:
In addition, donors are required to be between 18-39 years old.
Gago Center for Fertility works with local sperm banks that follow FDA guidelines as well as known sperm donors. You can choose your preferred sperm bank and donor after reviewing information about the donor's physical characteristics, general health profile, educational background, and career history.
Dr. Gago offers fertility counseling services to help you decide if sperm donation is right for you and to help you select a donor if necessary.
If sperm donation is right for you, you may take medicine to stimulate ovulation, or you may monitor your cycle to know precisely when your body is about to ovulate. Dr. Gago may use blood or urine tests to check for the surge of luteinizing hormone (LH) that indicates ovulation.
Dr. Gago uses an IUI procedure to deposit the donor sperm into your uterus within 24 hours of your LH surge. She may perform two IUI procedures within your ovulation window.
If you have other fertility issues, Dr. Gago can also use donor sperm in IVF procedures including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
After your insemination procedure, you wait for approximately two weeks to give the sperm time to fertilize your egg, implant in your uterine wall, and trigger the hormone and protein production that indicates pregnancy in blood and urine tests.
Call Gago Center for Fertility or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about sperm donation and if it’s the right fertility treatment for you.