Donor eggs and sperm

For some people, using donated eggs or sperm offers the best chance to create a family. At Genea Oxford we help patients using their own known donors. Genea Oxford provides a supportive and inclusive egg and sperm donor treatment program and our dedicated team will guide you through the process.

Regulation of donation

Egg and sperm donation treatment is regulated by Ministry of Health legislation, industry requirements, the HART Act and clinic policies and protocols. These may vary between Genea locations, dependent on state legislation.
 
Genea Oxford believes it is important for both medical and psychosocial reasons that a child is able to know his or her genetic origins. The expectation of open disclosure to children is explicit and will be discussed during counselling. The law requires that donor offspring are able to access identifying information about their donor when they turn 18. There are also limitations on the total number of families of an individual donor (including their own).
 
All patients and their partners (where applicable) accessing donor treatment will be required to undergo mandatory implications counselling with one of our accredited counsellors. The purpose of this to help parties consider all the short and long term issues that may arise, and ensure that all parties are on the same page. This will mean a session for the recipient (and partner); the donor (and partner) and a subsequent joint session of all parties.
 

Donor register

Please be aware that there is a mandatory requirement that donor births are reported to the register. This includes the provision of the identifying details of the donor.
 

Transparency

There is an expectation of full disclosure between recipients and donors on all matters reasonably relevant to this donation (e.g. mental and physical health, relationships, reproductive history, substance use etc.). Failure to do so could impact on our ability to provide treatment.

The Process

The process of undergoing donor treatment will vary depending on whether you are using eggs or sperm.
 

Known donor - eggs or sperm

Your first step is a consultation with your Genea Oxford Fertility Specialist. Your doctor will arrange for various tests to be done and refer you for counselling. Once you have seen a Fertility Specialist, you will contact our counsellors to book these appointments.
 
Separate appointments will be required for you and your donor. Donated sperm must be quarantined for a minimum of 3 months before you can use it. For eggs, you can choose to waive this quarantine if you prefer.
 

Finding a known donor

Patients using known donors find them amongst family, friends and acquaintances or through the internet or advertising. Genea Oxford recommends that known egg donors are preferably under the age of 35 years and have also completed their own families.

Frequently Asked Questions

The welfare of the person born as a result of assisted reproductive treatment is paramount. This means that the donor conceived person is entitled to know who their donor is, should they want this information. The donor conceived person can request access to the donor’s identity when they reach 18 years of age.

The donor has no legal responsibilities or rights to the child.

Under legislation, the woman giving birth is the legal mother of any child born. The recipient (couple) is financially and legally responsible for the child no matter what. Additionally, the recipient (couple) shall have full custodial and parental rights to the child.

The donation of reproductive tissue must be altruistic however, the recipient will be responsible for all associated costs.