US­ING A DONOR

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - Just Williams -

The av­er­age cost of an IVF cy­cle at a pri­vate clinic is be­tween £3,000 and £5,000. The av­er­age cost of a cy­cle of in­trauter­ine in­sem­i­na­tion (IUI) is be­tween £350 and £1,000. Cur­rently the IVF suc­cess rate for women us­ing their own eggs and part­ner’s sperm falls from 15 per cent at age 39 to nine per cent at age 42.

Guide­lines from the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Health and Care Ex­cel­lence (NICE) cur­rently stip­u­late that one round of IVF be of­fered free to women be­tween theage­sof40and 42 (with cer­tain qualificat­ions). In prac­tice, how­ever, the of­fer varies widely be­tween health au­thor­i­ties.

Sperm donors re­ceive £35 per do­na­tion – it is il­le­gal to pay them more. This is in or­der to en­cour­age do­na­tion as an act of al­tru­ism rather than for fi­nan­cial gain. You can ei­ther make a pri­vate ar­range­ment with some­one you know or have been matched with via a sperm-do­nat­ing web­site, or donate to some­one you do not know through a fer­til­ity clinic.

All donors to Uk­li­censed clin­ics are screened to en­sure they don’t have se­ri­ous ge­netic con­di­tions, as well as in­fec­tions such as HIV, syphilis, hepati­tis and gon­or­rhoea.

In the UK you can­not see a photo of your donor but you will be given their height, weight, eye and hair colour, year and place of birth, and eth­nic­ity. In ad­di­tion, you will be told if they have had any chil­dren, and their chil­dren’s gen­der, their mar­i­tal sta­tus and their med­i­cal his­tory. They may also choose to pro­vide a mes­sage for any po­ten­tial chil­dren.

As long as the treat­ment is at a li­censed fer­til­ity clinic in the UK, the donor will have no le­gal rights or re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. They will not be named on the birth cer­tifi­cate, have a say in how the child is raised or be re­quired to of­fer fi­nan­cial sup­port for the child.

When a donor­con­ceived child from a Uk-li­censed clinic turns 16 they can re­quest non-iden­ti­fy­ing in­for­ma­tion about their donor par­ent. When they are 18 they are en­ti­tled to the donor’s name, and date and place of birth, if known. The law on parental re­spon­si­bil­ity is not clear for pri­vate donors, who might be named as the le­gal father.

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