In cases of severe pathospermia or in cases of absence of any chances for sperm retrieving (azoospermia), it is possible to use donor’s sperm for IVF.
The founder of the Clinic, academician Valentyn Gryshchenko, dealt with issues of donor biomaterial as far back as in the 1980s. He was the first practitioner in the Soviet Union to begin work on creating a sperm bank at the human reproduction laboratory (later transformed to the Implant Clinic). Thus, the Clinic’s spermobank is the first not only in Ukraine, but also on the territory of the former Soviet Union. Today it is one of the most extensive sperm banks in the country.
All sperm donors with whom Gryshchenko Clinic-IVF works are healthy, decent and good-looking men. All our donors undergo a full range of examinations and meet all the requirements of the Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine No. 787 dated 09.09.2013. Indices of donors’ examinations are within normal range, all check-ups for infections show negative results. Spermograms which are held at each visit of the donor have the result of “normospermia”.
All donors’ sperm samples in the Clinic can be used only after a 6-month quarantine. Such a long quarantine is required due to necessity of exclusion a presence of a subclinical infection in the donor at the time of sperm retrieval. The use of sperm is possible only after a control examination and confirming the fact of donor’s complete health.
For sperm donor selection, future parents fill out a questionnaire with wishes, then specialists of the clinic offer suitable candidates. Donor files contain comprehensive information about the candidate: his physical characteristics (age, height, weight, skin color, hair and eyes, facial features, body features), personality features (education, hobbies, habits, character traits), as well as children’s photos taken at the age of 4-7 (though some donors refuse to provide them), by which judgments on appearance can be made. The file also contains all the data on the donor’s health condition, absence of negative factors in his lifestyle, absence of hereditary diseases in the donor’s family, etc.
According to the legislation of Ukraine, the donor signs a relinquishment of parental rights to children born with the use of his biomaterial. Information about the identity of an anonymous donor is confidential. The donor does not receive information about the patients for whom his sperm is intended.
Donor’s sperm can be used in a wide variety of IVF programs. ICSI and IMSI techniques can also be applied with additional payment.