- Donor Insemination is the procedure of injecting semen into the vagina
- It is of two types: ICI and IUI
- The medical and genetic history of the donor would be analyzed before the procedure
- The identity of the donor is kept secret
Infertility can be treated in different ways. With the advancement in technology, even the gravest issue that makes the situation difficult to conceive can be resolved and couples can happily embrace parenthood.
Donor Insemination is a method in which semen from another person, who is not the husband or partner of the mother-to-be, is injected into the woman’s vagina. Usually, the identification of the donor is kept secret and the couples will have all the legal rights of the baby to be born.
With increased success rates of Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection, in which potential sperm is injected directly into the egg, the donor insemination is decreasing in numbers. But still, there are patients who choose this method and get successful results.
There are two types of donor insemination. Intracervical insemination (ICI) and Intrauterine insemination (IUI).
When an intracervical insemination is done, the semen is injected at the cervix region and the cervix is covered. But in IUI, it is injected directly into the uterine cavity which increases the chance of pregnancy.
Safety is the major concern of the couples who undergo the treatment. Usually, the medical history of the donor would be examined and analyzed properly. The samples of semen are collected and tested for HIV. It will be done prior to six months of the actual treatment. Family history and the presence of any genetic disorder will also be checked before accepting the sperm.
In some countries, once the baby attains 18 years old, he/she can know the identity of the donor. If they want to know the existence of half-sibling, the identification helps and can evade being in a relationship with a half-sibling.
Usually, the legal rights of the parents are being documented and the treatment center would have to come to an agreement with the donor of sperms. It is the right of the parents-to-be over the baby.
Is it the right choice?
Before jumping into the procedure, a serious talk between the husband and wife is necessary to decide whether it is the right option for you.
Sometimes, the father-to-be cannot cope up with the fact that he will not be the biological father of the baby. It can be difficult to realize that the baby to be born would not share any genetic features of the husband. So, discuss it and clarify your thoughts.
The cooperation of both the partners is inevitable for the successful pregnancy and peaceful life of the child.
You should also think about your religious background as in some cases beliefs restrict you from doing such procedures. Then, it is better to adopt a baby and give life to an innocent child.
Communication with the child:
Once the child is born, communicate with the child in the early years about the story behind the birth. Instead of revealing it suddenly during the teenage years, it is better to give hints when they are in tender ages.
You can also get counseling helps to deal with it.