Insemination with donor sperm is carried out in the same way as insemination with partner sperm, only in this case, thawed donor sperm is used.

The treatment is used for couples where the male has strongly reduced sperm quality or no sperm cells at all, as well as for lesbian couples and single women.

We only use donor sperm from the Danish sperm banks Cryos or European Sperm Bank. The sperm donors are young, healthy males who have been selected after having been interviewed by a doctor and having undergone an examination, following which they are considered to be mentally and physically healthy. They have been tested for hereditary and infectious diseases, HIV-1 and HIV-2, HTLV-I and HTLV-II, Hepatitis B and C as well as sexually transmitted diseases (Chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis). The donor is selected by hair colour, eye colour, height and weight. Sperm donation is anonymous, with the sperm donor entitled to remain anonymous.

We have an arrangement with European Sperm Bank so that you can get free access to their website.

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During this first, non-binding consultation, we will take case notes, inform you about the treatment, and talk to you about your wishes, in particular in terms of donor choice and what you expect from this treatment.

If you have previously undergone donor insemination treatment in another fertility clinic, either a public or private one, it would be helpful if you could obtain a copy of the previous case notes and bring it to our talk. We will carry out an ultrasound scan of the uterus and ovaries, and subsequently draw up a plan for the treatment. Prescriptions will be written for the medication to be taken and, where necessary, we will provide instructions in how to administer the hormone injections if such injections are part of your treatment.

Treatment is carried out in the same manner as insemination with partner sperm, the only difference being that hormone therapy will not be offered to females with normal fertility at the three first treatments. If pregnancy is not achieved in this connection, we will stimulate with Pergotime tablets and hormone injections as described below.

If pregnancy is achieved, sperm from the same donor can be reserved for treatment to have a second or third child, so that the children become siblings. The couple/female must themselves contact the sperm bank (Cryos or Nordic Cryobank) and reserve the sperm from the donor number we have given them. Once you have reserved the sperm, you own it. This is why we cannot order it for you, and for future treatments at the clinic, you will have to requisition the sperm yourself. Typically, you will be recommended to buy and reserve 6-10 sperm straws, but the number varies a little depending on sperm quality and how many treatments you have had prior to becoming pregnant. We can help you with this information.

Non-stimulated cycle

If the female has normal fertility, insemination is performed in a so-called non-stimulated cycle, ie without hormone therapy.

Registering for treatment

When your menstrual period starts (fresh bleeding), you must call the clinic at tel +45 76 24 50 20 all weekdays between 09.15-12.00 and 12.30-2.30 p.m. and make an appointment for an ultrasound scan of the ovaries which is performed on Cycle Day 12 in a normal cycle of 28 days. If your cycle is shorter or longer, we will adjust the scan schedule to the duration of your cycle.

If your menstrual period starts during the weekend, please call us one of the first days of the upcoming week.

Ultrasound scan

On approximately Day 12 after the first menstrual bleeding day, a transvaginal ultrasound will be performed. The size of your own spontaneously produced follicle will be measured. Based on this measurement, we can assess when the follicle is approximately 17-20 mm which is the optimum time to take an ovulating hormone, Ovitrelle, which is the only hormone injection administered to you. We do this to ensure that you ovulate. Normally, ovulation will take place 36 hours later, which means that insemination must be made approximately 36 hours after the administration of the Ovitrelle injection.

Insemination in a non-stimulated cycle without hormone therapy

The insemination procedure includes the purified donor sperm to be injected into the uterus using a thin catheter. This is a painless procedure, and often you will nothing at all. It is a good idea to come to the clinic with a filled bladder as it facilitates the insertion of the catheter into the uterus.

If you do not become pregnant after 3 treatments in a non-stimulated cycle, we recommend that you be treated with hormones as described below.

Stimulated cycle with hormone treatment

Registering for treatment

When your menstrual period starts, you must call the fertility clinic (tel:+45 76 24 50 20) on all weekdays between 09.15-12.00 and 12.30-2.30 p.m. and make an appointment for ultrasound scan of the ovaries, which is now carried out on Cycle Day 10 instead of Cycle Day 12 in the non-stimulated treatment.

If your menstrual period starts during the weekend, you can call us on one of the first days in the upcoming week.

Hormone therapy in connection with donor insemination
You will either be given or receive by mail a prescription for Pergotime tablets and hormone injections (Gonal F, Menopur or Puregon).

You must take 50mg Pergotime tablets,  1 tablet x 2 daily for 5 days from Period Day 3 – 7.

You must administer hormone injection son Cycle Day 8 and 9. If you have not tried this before, we will instruct you in injection techniques on you Cycle Day 8, which is the first day when you will have to administer the injection.

If it is difficult for you to get Pergotime for Cycle Day 3, you can start on Cycle Day 4 instead and postpone the entire hormone therapy by one day. This will not change the treatment result.

Ultrasound scan

On Cycle Day 10, we will perform an ultrasound scan to assess the number and size of the follicles.

Sometimes it turns out that you will have to come to one or a few extra control visits before the follicles have the right size.

When the follicles have the right size of approximately 17-20 mm, the ovulating hormone Ovitrelle will be injected. Ovulation normally occurs approximately 36 hours later and during this period, insemination will be performed.

Side effects

The Pergotime tables may have side effects in the form of hot flushes, headache, nervousness, insomnia and fatigue and in very rare instances blurred vision. All these symptoms disappear once you stop taking the medication.

FSH (Gonal-f, Menopur and Puregon) may give you the feeling of a bloated stomach, abdominal pressure and headache.

Ovitrelle may give pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue and nausea.

If you are treated with donor insemination in a non-stimulated cycle, you will only need one ovulation injection, Ovitrelle, which is a one-time syringe that costs DKK 332.40.

If you are treated with donor insemination in a stimulated cycle, you must have:

50 mg Pergotime, a package with 5 tablets at a price of DKK 54.80. You will have to use two packages per treatment (DKK 109.60) as you must take two tablets daily for 5 days. In addition, you must have an ovulation injection, Ovitrelle, which is a one-time syringe that costs DKK 332.40.

Furthermore, you must have hormone injections, including three different preparations which we use interchangeably, since they are all equally good. These could be A. Gonal-F, B. Menopur or C. Puregon:

Re A. 300 IU Gonal-f pen, DKK 1,347.45  (contains hormone for approximately two treatments)

Re B. 75 IU Menopur, a total of 5 ampoules, DKK1,347.45 (contains hormone for approximately two treatments).

Remember to buy syringes and needles at the pharmacy.

Re C. 300 IU Puregon pen, DKK 1,321.30. (contains hormone for three treatments).

This hormone is also available as injection fluid 50 IU in 0.5 mL at a price of DKK240.05. You must use two packages, each containing 0.5mL (DKK480.10). Remember to buy syringes and needles at the pharmacy.

No medicational reimbursement is paid to patients who are not Danish citizens.

Insemination procedure

The insemination procedure includes the purified donor sperm to be injected into the uterus using a thin catheter. This is a painless procedure, and often you will feel nothing at all. It is a good idea to come to the clinic with a filled bladder as it facilitates the insertion of the catheter into the uterus.

Pregnancy test

Whether or not you have been treated with hormones, you must have a pregnancy test taken from your early morning urine approximately 16 days after insemination using the pregnancy test kit you are given here at the clinic. Please call us at the clinic and notify us of the result. If the pregnancy test is positive, you will be given an appointment for an ultrasound scan approximately 3-4 weeks later. The pregnancy test must always be taken, even though you have experienced a menstrual bleeding, as it is not unusual in a pregnancy. This will normally require additional scans.

If the pregnancy test is negative, you may resume treatment immediately.

The pregnancy success rate of donor insemination treatment is approximately 25% per treatment.


Problematic pregnancies

If the female becomes pregnant, the risk of a miscarriage is approximately 15% of the cases (same risk as in pregnancies achieved naturally). Ectopic pregnancy will occur in approximately 2% of the cases. The risk of a twin pregnancy will be approximately 5-10%, but almost only in females who have been subjected to hormone therapy in connection with the treatment.

Risks in connection with insemination

A successful insemination using partner sperm or donor sperm is defined as one resulting in one healthy child at a time. Twins and triplets are considered as risks.

In connection with the hormone stimulation procedure performed prior to insemination, some females, especially young females, experience hyperstimulation of the ovaries where they produce more than the two-three follicles that are necessary for successful insemination.

According to the National Board of Health’s guidelines, we are not allowed to inseminate if there are more than three follicles. In these cases, we must try to find an acceptable solution for you, including:

1. Discontinue the procedure and treatment.
Hormone therapy and ovulation injections are discontinued. Price for discontinued treatment: DKK 1,200.

2. Follicle reduction.
The surplus follicles are reduced to the desired 2-3. This is done just before the insemination. A thin catheter is inserted through the wall of the vagina and into the ovaries, following which the surplus follicles are aspirated. Following this, insemination is carried out in a standard fashion.
Price for follicle reduction and insemination with donor sperm, see pricelist.

3. Conversion to IVF
If more than four follicles (often 5-6) have been produced during hormonal stimulation, we advice you to convert to  IVF treatment instead. Hormone injections are administered a few days more in order for the follicles to remain intact. At the same time, Orgalutran is administered. This is a hormone minimizing the risk of spontaneous ovulation prior to egg retrieval which will often take place a few days after the scan. Another 2-3 days later, the 1-2 fertilized eggs are transferred to the uterus.
Price for conversion to IVF, halv the price for an IVF treatment, se pricelist.