Male Infertility & Sperm Donation
When male sperm
analysis yields very poor results, multiple tests
and treatments are considered. Unfortunately, in some
cases, even with attempts to aspirate sperm directly
from the testicles, treatment is not always successful.
The least expensive home test for sperm
concentration is the PreConceive
Male Fertility Sperm Test. A higher-rated (but more
expensive) test is the Micra
Sperm Test, which tests both the sperm count and
motility. Both are performed in the privacy of your
If you are going
through male infertility, some of the terms you
may encounter are:
oligozoospermia- low sperm count.
Very few sperm are found in the ejaculate.
no motile sperm,
no motility - none of the sperm
are moving or asthenozoospermia
- poor motility and/or forward progression.
- low percentage of morphologically normal sperm.
- no live sperm in semen.
or aspermia - no sperm at all
is found in the semen.
TESE - testicular sperm
extraction or MESA - microsurgical
epidydmal sperm aspiration. Processes used to retrieve
viable sperm from men with sperm duct blockage or the
absence of sperm in the semen.
Sperm Injection, a single sperm cell is injected
into each egg. This procedure is performed as part of
IVF - in vitro fertilization
when a small number of sperm is available. It enables
fertilization of an egg even if only a single viable
sperm cell is available.
If treatment has not been successful,
you may decide to use donor sperm. Fortunately, sperm
donation is a relatively simple procedure (physically,
not necessarily emotionally) and in most places, there
are ample sperm donors.
Men are allowed to donate sperm after
intense questioning and testing. Their medical history
is of great importance, as is their genetic history.
Lesbian couples and single women who choose
to become parents also frequently opt to use sperm donation.
When the sperm donation is intented for
a couple, the donor is usually matched according to
physical properties of the husband (e.g., blood type,
hair color, eye color, height).
This site presents stories both of recipients
of sperm donation and of a women born of sperm donation.
Jen's Story, Lynn's
Story, Tina's Story, June's
Story, Joan's Story, Rikki's
story (Male factor infertility)
(going for AID - artificial insemination with donor
Heather's Story (going for
AID - artificial insemination with sperm from a known
Betty-Ann's Story (going
for AID - artificial insemination with donor sperm -
as a single woman)
Marina's Story - successful
Brandy's Story - (donor conceived)
story - contemplating donating sperm for his sister
and her (lesbian) partner. Fascinating discussion in
the comments section as well - last updated March 2009.
If you are a sperm donor or have gone
through artificial insemination and would like to tell
your story, we would be happy to hear from you!
Feel free to read some thoughts
that readers of this site have shared.
Also see our questions
and answers page about sperm donation.
Male Infertility News
Treatment for men
men from infertility after chemotherapy
(Donor Insemination) Dad's blog - A blog by a father
to two children born by donor insemination.
Information on the HFEA (UK) website) - Information for donors
Information on the HFEA (UK) website - Information for donor-conceived people and their parents
News article about male infertility
For purchase from Amazon (in order
of popularity, based on visitors to FertilityStories)
PreConceive: A Male Fertility Sperm Test (previously known as FertilMARQ)
the Stork : The Choices and Challenges of Donor Insemination
Daddies, Donors and Surrogates: Answering Tough Questions
and Building Strong Families
FertilAid for Men: Male Fertility Supplement
Resources for Dads
Dads - a Yahoo! group - This group is for men who:
- are dads to children who were conceived by donor
- are men thinking about using DI (donor insemination)
to create their families and who want to speak to
other men to learn more about DI
It is not intended for the donors,
but rather for the men who are actually raising or have
raised children conceived by donor insemination.
The group is moderated by Eric Schwartzman,
a DI dad himself.