Intrauterine insemination (IUI) can be performed with donor sperm. This enables a women who are in a same sex relationship or those who are single and wanting a child. It can also be an option for a couple with an untreatable male factor infertility or if the male is a carrier of a hereditary disease that they do not wish to pass onto their child.
You will have the opportunity to select your own donor through these cryobanks. Catalogues are often available online, and can be requested by mail as well. Donor choice can be based on racial or ethnic background, physical or social characteristics, or previous history.
As part of the donor insemination process, all women or couples considering this option are encouraged to meet with a reproductive counselor. This is an important step in the process as it allows for discussion of the decision making process as well as consideration of the impact the choice may make on the individual or couple.