IVF with sperm donation

New hope

Pregnancy with donor sperm

IVF with sperm donation is a fertility treatment that can be used either by heterosexual couples facing male infertility,  lesbian couples, or individuals who require sperm to conceive. It allows for the creation of embryos and pregnancy when the male partner’s sperm is not viable or not available.

What you’ll get

Transparency and choice

Choose from a broad donor selection at Portugal’s largest open-ID egg and sperm donor bank, with comprehensive donor profiles.

Tailor-made treatment

IVF treatment plans are highly personalised to each patient, maximising chances of a successful pregnancy.

Improved embryo selection

We use advanced artificial intelligence  technology and the EmbryoScope for informed and accurate embryo selection.

Treatment phases

Initial Medical Consultation & Testing

During your first consultation, your fertility specialist will thoroughly assess your medical history, and discuss treatments with you. You may be asked to undergo further health checks, to help tailor your treatment and maximise your chances of a successful pregnancy. These include bloodwork, ultrasound of the uterus and other tests.

Treatment Plan Confirmation

Once your test results are back you will have a follow-up consultation with your doctor to discuss the results and confirm your treatment plan. Before moving forward with finding you a suitable donor you will need to agree to the treatment plan and estimated costs; provided to you by your dedicated Patient Coordination.

Finding your Donor

Our Donation Team will work with you to find your ideal sperm donor. At Ferticentro, all our sperm donors are carefully selected, screened and undergo a thorough psychological evaluation process. We only work with non-anonymous donations, which allows us to provide you with detailed donor profiles for you to choose from. Please refer to our Donation Guide for more information.

While boasting the largest sperm bank in Portugal, we also collaborate with European Union-based international sperm banks. Irrespective of the donor’s origin, we highly recommend reserving an adequate number of straws, not only to ensure your current treatment but also to facilitate future options, such as the pursuit of a second child.

All of our sperm donors are pre-screened for a list of baseline genetic tests, following the applicable regulations. However, at Ferticentro we encourage all patients to do the extended panel of genetic carrier screening to check the genetic compatibility between the male partner (or the sperm donor) and the egg donor – we offer tests that allow patients to exclude up to more than 2200 diseases. Please refer to our Genetic Compatibility Tests page for more details.  

Ovarian Stimulation

Once you have approved the costs, you are ready to begin treatment. Your doctor will prescribe a tailored hormonal medication plan to stimulate the development of multiple mature eggs in your ovaries. We will control the progress of the cycle, until we can make sure that the number and size of the growing follicles are compatible with obtaining viable eggs.

Egg Retrieval

Egg retrieval is conducted under ultrasound monitoring, by an experienced IVF doctor. This operation is performed under sedation and takes around 15 minutes. On the same day, a member of our team will liaise with you to arrange the scheduling of the embryo transfer.  Eggs obtained from this procedure are then placed into a special culture medium.

Egg Fertilisation

The frozen sperm straw from your donor is then treated and optimised in our IVF lab, in order to select the strongest, most motile spermatozoa. In classical IVF treatments, eggs are then placed overnight with a sample of more than 100,000 spermatozoa, to enable fertilisation. Alternatively, our embryologists may use a more efficient technique to maximise fertilisation rates: they inject every mature egg with a pre-selected sperm. This technique is called Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).

Embryo culture

Once fertilisation has taken place, your embryos will be kept in a special incubator under optimal conditions, until the embryo transfer day. The incubator allows us to continuously monitor your embryos and carefully assess their development without touching them. At Ferticentro all of our treatments are done in the Embryoscope and embryo development is carefully monitored 24/7, with the characteristics of embryo development being assessed through complex artificial intelligence algorithms.

If you are undergoing a freeze-all cycle, the obtained blastocysts will be vitrified by our talented team of embryologists until the Embryo Transfer phase.

Embryo Transfer

The embryo transfer procedure is one of the final stages of the IVF process. Your doctor will place one or two embryo(s) in your uterus to try to obtain a pregnancy. In the case of a freeze-all cycle, a Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) will be performed.

Any viable surplus embryos that are not used in the fresh treatment can be frozen in our cryo-storage facilities. These can be used in a subsequent frozen embryo transfer cycle (for a second child or if the first attempt fails).

Pregnancy Test

After the embryo transfer you will need to wait for 12 days for a pregnancy test.