Donor FAQ -

What are the indications for donor insemination?
Therapeutic donor insemination (TDI) is a sound option for many causes of male infertility:

Irreversible azoospermia

Severe oligospermia

Poor motility and abnormal morphology of sperm.

Known genetic disorders in the male e.g. Huntington’s disease, hemophilia etc.

Males with non-correctable ejaculatory dys-function secondary to trauma, surgery or drugs,

neurological disease, spinal chord injuries, etc.

Reproductive option after radiation or chemotherapy.

Severely Rh-sensitized Rh-negative women with an Rh-positive partner.

Who can donate?
In general any apparently normal male in the reproductive age group can consider volunteering for sperm donation. However, before accepting, Manipal Fertility has screening criteria which are based on established medical guidelines, as mentioned below.

Person who has variation in sperm count.
How do we screen?
Screening is based on scientific and technical guidelines provided by ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) and ASRM (American society for reproductive medicine).

What would I have to do to donate semen?
The first step would be to contact our centre and we will provide you a form that you would need to complete. There after if you are fit in our above listed criteria you need to give your semen for semen analysis, and also blood for other required test. These tests will be performed at no cost to you. Once you are accepted as a routine donor-once every three months you are re-tested for sexually transmitted diseases.

How would I approach the laboratory for collection of semen?
Once you are confirmed as accepted donor, you should contact our laboratory to know the planned schedule and time for collection. Collection of semen is done separately for fresh transfer and for preservation.

What would be the financial compensation for the donor?
Most of the donors are professionals or students from institutions of higher education – they want to give a smile to infertile couples and help them selflessly. As a token of appreciation we do pay a small remuneration.

What’s the advantage of being a semen donor?
Approximately 40% of infertility cases results from disorders in the male when it cannot be treated. Donor insemination is the only option and by donating semen you will be helping infertile couples to realize their dreams to having a family.

Whom to contact?
Bangalore Center: Manipal Fertility #55 (Old #422), 20th Main, 1st Block, Service Road of WOC, Next to Bhima Jewellers, Rajaji Nagar. Bengaluru Karnataka 560 010 India Email: radha@manipalankur.com Phone: +91-80-49043333 Fax: +91-80-49043334

Raichur Center: Manipal Fertility at Sri Nursing & Maternity Home (Dr. Shankar Gouda Hospital), Near Ek Minar Masjid, Behroon Quilla, Raichur 584101. Email: radha@manipalankur.com Phone 08532 230063

Ongole Center: Manipal Fertility, Annapoorna Nilaya, 37-1-169/31, Sundaraiah Bhavan Road, Ongole Prakasam District, Andhra Pradesh 523 002 India Email: radha@manipalankur.com Phone: +91 8592 283500/01

What would I have to do to donate eggs?
The first step would be contact our office & we will give you the medical and family history form that you would need to complete. Thereafter, you would be scheduled to see a counsellor to discuss and assess emotional issues associated with this process.

The next step would be a complete physical examination, including a transvaginal ultrasound examination.

Once you are accepted into program few blood tests will be carried out for you and may be for your partner. These tests will be performed at no cost to either of you.

How is the donation cycle actually conducted?
Fertility medications will be given to stimulate the ovaries to produce multiple eggs. Once you are on medication, you will be very fertile, so it is better for you to abstain from intercourse during the month of treatment. This is called COH (controlled ovarian hyperstimulation) to get multiple follicles.

Before starting COH some drugs are used so that hormone secretion from hypothalamus and pituitary are almost completely suppressed. This is called “down regulation”. Then the treatment with drug is started to stimulate the ovaries so that several follicles mature at a time GnRH agonist or antagonist are used for down regulation. If agonists are used, it is started between the 19th to the21st day of the previous menstrual cycle. On the other hand, antagonists are started few days after gonadotropin therapy is given. Gonadotropins are now injected to stimulate the growth of follicles and cause ovulation. hCG injection is given when the follicles are more enough to trigger ovulation. Finally, egg collection is done, usually under local anesthetic, which lasts only between 10-20 mins.

Will this process decrease my own fertility by removing so many eggs at one time?
No. Each month, the body selects only one egg to ovulate and remainder does not develop fully and are lost. The fertility medications allow us to “rescue” many of those eggs and do not affect any eggs destined to enter the growth phase in future cycles.

Will I know who receives my eggs and would she know anything about me?
The donation of eggs at our centre is completely anonymous unless arranged otherwise. The recipient would not know the identity of donor and after the procedure, donor also would not be informed of the outcome.

What would be the financial compensation for the donor?
As compensation for your participation, you will receive cash between Rs. 10,000 – 15,000/- at the time of the egg retrieval.

What is the advantage of being an egg donor?
By donating eggs to an infertile couple, you will be helping them to realize their dreams to having a family. This kind of gift is perhaps one of the most meaningful things one person can do for another.

What is embryo donation?
This procedure is similar to egg donation. However, instead of borrowing the egg and the recipient’s husband’s sperm for fertilization, both the egg and the sperm are derived from donors 

To whom embryo donation is advised?
There are selected groups of patients to whom embryo donation is recommended:

When both the partners are infertile

Couples who are at a high risk of passing on genetic disorders to their offspring.

Women with recurrent IVF failures

What is the success rate of embryo donation cycle?
Typical success rates with embryo donation are pretty encouraging. However success rates will fluctuate depending upon the quality of the embryos.