Sperm donation in Greece
- Published: Monday, 17 October 2016
Thinking About Using Donor Sperm? Sperm donation is an effective treatment used by many couples around the world.
A couple may need to explore the donor sperm option if a man is not producing any sperm or the sperm quality is low, if a couple has been through IVF but have had no fertilization. Also, if there are medical reasons, if for example a man has a genetic disorder that he may pass on to a child, and of course there are other reasons such as when a single woman or same sex couple want to try for a child.
The donors we select are healthy males, that have no medical history of genetic or hereditary diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, and transmissible infections.. In Greece sperm donation is voluntary and there is no payment for donors, they are only compensated for their travel expenses and possible loss of income if they are absent from work while they are at the sperm bank donating semen. To be a donor the sperm has to be of higher quality than normal, as it has to survive the freezing/thawing process.
According to Greek law, the maximum number of children born by use of donor semen is limited at ten (10) for each donor. The use of semen from the same donor is permitted additionally only from recipients who have already achieved birth of a child, in order to give birth to a biological sibling. In case the donor has fathered his own children, he is asked to report this to the Sperm Bank. Medical information regarding the sperm donor is kept with absolute secrecy and in codified form in the Sperm Bank, as well as in the national registry of donors and recipients, which must be kept by the National Authority for Medically Assisted Reproduction. Access to this file is allowed only to the child born by using donor sperm and solely for reasons relevant to his/her health. The identity of the donor shall not be disclosed to the recipient of the genetic material, neither will the identity of the recipient or the child or children born as a result of the attempted assisted reproduction method ever be disclosed to the donor of the genetic material.
Donor sperm can be inseminated into the women’s womb (donor insemination) or mixed with her eggs in IVF treatment. For donor insemination to be effective the woman must have patent tubes and no other causes of infertility. If there are other problems, or donor insemination proves unsuccessful, the next step is IVF with donor sperm. This involves a series of injections to stimulate the women’s ovaries to produce multiple eggs. These eggs are collected and fertilized with donor sperm. One or two embryos are then transferred to the womb.
If the treatment is successful you will be the legal parent of the child.