When to Use Artificial Insemination by Donor (AID)

By BSc, MSc (embryologist) and BA, MA (fertility counselor).
Last Update: 04/11/2014

Artificial insemination by donor (AID) is an assisted reproductive technique applied within the following cases:

    • Male sterility marked as not relevant for performing an ICSI, such as cases of azoospermia in which sperm retrieval within the testes or the epididymis is not possible.
    • Repeated ICSI failure because of male or unknown causes.
    • If there are chances for the man to pass down any genetic disorder to his offspring and after dismissing the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD).
    • If there are chances for the man to pass down any Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) even when the total elimination of the disease cannot be assured after having performed a seminal lavage.
    • Single women desiring to become a single mom.
    • Lesbian couples.

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Artificial insemination by donor guidelines are the same as those of artificial insemination by husband. The only difference lies in the origin of the semen sample, which is taken from a sperm donor.

Artificial insemination is recommended depending on age and as long as it is indicated, since it is the less invasive technique and presents high pregnancy rates. Each insemination separately has a success rate of 15%-20%. This rate is cumulative, which means that it will keep on increasing after every attempt until a maximum of 4 attempts.

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 Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Neus Ferrando Gilabert
BSc, MSc
Bachelor's Degree in Biology from the University of Valencia (UV). Postgraduate Course in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the Miguel Hernández University of Elche (UMH). Experience managing Embryology and Andrology Labs at Centro Médico Manzanera (Logroño, Spain). More information about Neus Ferrando Gilabert
Adapted into english by:
 Sandra Fernández
Sandra Fernández
Fertility Counselor
Bachelor of Arts in Translation and Interpreting (English, Spanish, Catalan, German) from the University of Valencia (UV) and Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus (Edinburgh, UK). Postgraduate Course in Legal Translation from the University of Valencia. Specialist in Medical Translation, with several years of experience in the field of Assisted Reproduction. More information about Sandra Fernández

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