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Details the evaluation of the recipients of sperm donation.

Evaluation of recipients

The recipient couple are evaluated before begining any treatment cycle.

The doctor will review in depth your medical and family history, perform a general and internal examination. The doctor may order some investigations, which may include test to confirm that the woman is ovulating and ultrasound scan to assess the patients uterus and ovaries, a hysterosalpingogram (HSG) or laparoscopy and dye test to check for obstruction of the Fallopian tubes.

In women with no history suggestive of tubal damage, assessment of the tubes may be delayed until 3-4 cycles of unsuccessful treatment.

Furthermore, blood hormone tests may be performed to confirm ovulation. The blood group and the Rhesus factor (Rh) may be determined.

There are two approaches to the use of donor sperm, The first is donor insemination, and the other is IVF with donor sperm.

Both partners will be asked to consent to treatment. Where an unmarried couple are being treated, there are important legal implications in relation to maternal responsibility.

Couples using donor sperm should be offered intrauterine insemination in preference to intracervical insemination because it improves pregnancy rates.

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