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There are a number of reasons explaining the need for donated sperm. These include:

  • Low sperm count in the partner’s semen due to various reasons such as injury, vasectomy or other male infertility factors, cancer treatment, etc.
  • An inherited disease, such as Haemophilia or Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, putting the life of a resulting baby at risk
  • Incompatible blood types, if the female partner is Rhesus (Rh) sensitised and the male partner is Rh positive, the pregnancy is potentially problematic.

In the case of donor eggs, while chances of pregnancy are similar to that of conventional IVF, the donor’s age is a key factor that impacts success rates.