This woman shared her story on the Choice Moms discussion board, and I thought it was a great reminder to women using a known donor: Make sure you talk about sperm testing before spending too much time trying to conceive.
“I started on my journey by asking this friend of many years, and he said yes. When he got his initial semen analysis, it came back with poor results in every area but motility. He said he would make some lifestyle changes, which should improve the results. They did, but not by much. And that was three months of my bio clock down the drain. I’m 38. We tried 2 IUIs, and the doctor said that basically our only hope is IVF/ICSI (a very costly procedure). Please learn from my story and be sure to get a strong semen analysis result before getting emotionally invested in the process with your known donor candidate.”
Others on the discussion board have recommended that any known donor get these tests done:
- HTLV I and II,
- RPR for syphilis
- Hep B and C
- Semen analysis