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artificial insemination provides hope for families faced with infertility issues

Falling pregnant is not always as easy as it seems. Battling issues of infertility can be particularly traumatic and emotional. At Androcryos we are intimately familiar with the joys and struggles of wanting to give birth to a child.

Artificial insemination

At Androcryos we do not pretend that artificial insemination is an easy or light-hearted solution for everyone, we are also aware that family structure and make-up varies across our multicultural country, continent, and globe. We want everyone to feel equally welcome, supported, and accepted.

As an andrology laboratory and sperm bank, we cryogenically freeze and store sperm for use in artificial insemination procedures. We perform these procedures on behalf of medical practitioners who refer their fertility treatment patients to us, or for private individuals who approach us directly.

Medical professionals

When seeking out artificial insemination as an option to falling pregnant, it is advisable to engage with a medical professional who can assess your overall well-being and suitability as an artificial insemination candidate. Professionals specialising in fertility related treatments can offer lifestyle, dietary, psychological, and medical advice on how to improve your chances of having a successful full-term pregnancy.

What is artificial insemination (AI)?

A sperm specimen is artificially administered to the uterus to maximise the success rate of fertilisation. An intra-uterine insemination catheter is used to transfer the sperm into the uterus.

Can HIV-infected semen be used?

Where the male partner is HIV positive, and the female partner is HIV negative, a sperm wash is done prior to insemination or cryogenic freezing. Although the washing and freezing of sperm has adverse effects on sperm count, it does eliminate the HIV virus.

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Sperm donors

sperm donors provide hope for LGBTQI families who wish to have their own children
Sperm donations can be provided by known partners or friends or individuals selected by recipients, or they can be selected from our database of anonymous and non-anonymous sperm donors

Sperm preservation

Known partners or individuals can have their sperm preserved with Androcryos for any stipulated period of time, ready for use during artificial insemination procedures.

Anonymous sperm donors

Our anonymous donor database attempts to be as representative as possible in terms of race, culture, and origin. As a sperm bank we constantly seek out sperm donor candidates, and urge those who understand the need for sperm donation to encourage their male partners, family members, and friends to step forward and contemplate sperm donation as a service to those who are faced with limited fertility options.

To protect our sperm donor's anonymity, Androcryos only lists basic physical attributes and interests in a publicly available Donor Data List.

Non-anonymous Sperm Donors

In some cases, sperm donors choose to openly identify themselves to their recipients. If you are interested in engaging with a known sperm donor, instead of an anonymous one, please look out for 'Non-Anonymous Donors' on the Donor Data List.

Physical & genetic well-being

Each sperm donor is carefully screened for physical and genetic well-being, and is taken through a series of tests that target known diseases and chromosomal disorders. Only once a donor is cleared as a suitable candidate, are they admitted to the Androcryos sperm donor program.

Import & export

There is always a shortage of good quality donor sperm – only three percent of applicants make it onto the donor programme, and even less complete the programme. To offer access to a greater gene pool, we import and export on request to private individuals and clinics. Main countries of import and export are America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Due to logistics, customs, and additional administrative processes, imported sperm is more expensive.

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Insemination procedure

black families have infertility issues too, Androcryos provides sperm from a broad range of cultures and donors are multicultural
Once a sperm donor has been identified, the artificial insemination process is a simple procedure that will occur during ovulation over three separate sessions at a venue of your choice.

Consultation rooms & fertility clinics

Androcryos has it's own consultation rooms, but also packages sperm in cryogenically safe containers for transport to chosen destinations. We recommend that where possible, recipients make use of clinicians at fertility clinics for insemination procedures. A properly trained individual overseeing the process will ensure that all procedures take place at the most opportune ovulation time.

Recipients are asked to sign a Declaration by Patients document with a representative from their chosen clinic or physician before a date is scheduled for the first insemination procedure. Please view our information page for a comprehensive list of Fertility Clinics & Services in South Africa.

Can I artificially inseminate myself at home?

For basic insemination procedures, yes, but it is not advisable. An individual trained in the procedure will have better knowledge on how to ensure the insemination, and subsequent pregnancy, is successful.

Artificial insemination procedures

As a recipient you can elect which insemination procedure you wish to engage with through guidance from your health care professional, or one of our consulting doctors or senior medical technologists.

The following procedures would be considered based on the advice of your fertility specialist:

In-vitro

This procedures involves removing the egg from the female, and fertilising it with the introduction of a sperm sample outside the body in a test tube.

IVF: In-vitro fertilisation

A harvested egg is fertilised with a sperm sample under a microscope. If the incubation is successful, the fertilised egg is returned to the uterus.

GIFT: Gamete intra-fallopian transfer

A mixture of sperm and egg is transferred into the fallopian tube.

ICSI: Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection

A single sperm is injected into a single egg cell to achieve fertilisation.

ZIFT: Zygote intra-fallopian transfer
........ .A fertilised egg is transferred into the fallopian tube.

What are the success rates?

Success rates vary according to the method used, and the nature of the infertility problem. It is not an easy road to take, and many couples have to deal with disappointment before they achieve a positive result. There are no guarantees.

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links, contacts, downloads, FAQs ...

contacts...

letstalk@androcryos.co.za

For counselling please contact Chantal da Cruz (MSc Clin Psych)

doctor@androcryos.co.za

For current recipients without their own physicians.

life@androcryos.co.za

Recipients engaging in fertility treatments, or seeking sperm donors.

downloads...

(right click & 'save link as')

donor-data-list.pdf

patient-declaration.pdf

couple-declaration.pdf

insemination-protocol.pdf

destruction-authorisation.pdf

Doctor’s and Clinics Donor Semen Request & Treatment Results.pdf

Donor Semen Request & Treatment Results.pdf

LINKS ...

Fertility Clinics & Egg Donor Services in South Africa

A comprehensive list of clinics in South Africa for insemination procedures and fertility treatments. This list includes egg donor services.

South Africa's legislation on human tissue donation

An informative article on where we stand legally in South Africa when it comes to human tissue donation, of which sperm donation forms a part.

services...

Gift ov Life egg donation agency

Dawn Blank & Tami Sussman
Johannesburg, Cape Town
& Australia

info@giftovlife.com
+ 27 (021) 439 8823
www.giftovlife.com

Nurture egg donor program

Tertia Albertyn & Melany Bartok
info@nurture.co.za
Johannesburg & Cape Town
www.nurture.co.za

baby2mom egg donation agency

Jenny Currie
Professional egg donation services
info@baby2mom.co.za
South Africa

www.baby2mom.co.za

The Sunshine Agency egg donor program

N. Enstrom, R. Walsh
Cape Town, Johannesburg,
Port Elizabeth, Durban, & Pretoria

+27 (079) 892 8192
www.thesunshineagency.co.za

VEDA – Vitalab Egg Donation Agency

Calista Hardwick & Charlene Sibanda
SA’s first egg bank!
Johannesburg

+27 (011) 784 8020
info@veda.co.za
www.veda.co.za

ababySA egg donor program

Lara Payne
Cape Town, Gauteng, Durban
and Port Elizabeth
lara@ababysa.com
www.ababysa.com

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ...

Are sperm donor candidates screened for HIV?

As with all other infectious diseases, our sperm donors are screened for HIV, and are not permitted to participate in the donor program if tested positive. Sperm donors are tested routinely and re-tested six months after exciting the donor program. Only at this point will sperm donor samples be cleared and released for use in insemination procedures. Candidates who return after six months for a fresh round of sperm donation, will be re-tested in the same way.

How many children are allowed to share the same sperm donor?

Currently one sperm donor is allowed to result in six successful pregnancies and subsequent live births within South Africa. This legislation is being re-visited, and will probably increase to ten. On a global scale, this number increases to two hundred. This reduces the risk of consanguinity – where two individuals with a common genetic heritage give birth to their own child, increasing the risk of genetic defects.

What are the possibilities of having multiple births?

If stimulated with super ovulation medication, there's an 80% chance for a single child, a 14% chance for twins, and a 6% chance for triplets or more.

Can donor children run the risk of unknowingly dating a biological sibling?

Yes, it is referred to as consanguinity, there is always a risk. If you are unsure, a DNA test will clarify if two individuals are biologically related or not. If related, couples run the risk of increased birth defects in their offspring.

My partner had sperm stored, and has since passed away – can I use his sperm for another pregnancy?

Only if your partner has left his sperm to you in his last will and testament. Otherwise it is against the law to provide sperm of a deceased partner.

I want to be the only recipient of a specific donor, can this be arranged?

Androcryos does accommodate instances where one individual would like to claim all the sperm of a chosen donor. Be sure to raise the issue with us, and we will inform you of the correct procedure.

Can single women and same sex couples request donor sperm and artificial insemination procedures?

Yes – Androcryos does not get involved with decisions around family unit structures, or choices regarding issues of parenting. LGBT couples are within their constitutional right to have children (Sec 23/26 of the Constitution of South Africa).

What is a surrogate mother?

A woman who carries an embryo full term on behalf of another couple. Once the baby is born, this surrogate mother gives up her parental rights, allowing the couple to raise the child as their own.

Can LGBTQI couples become parents via surrogate mothers?

Androcryos supports any couple who wishes to bring a child into the world via a surrogate mother, but has found it extremely difficult to find women willing to assist with carrying the pregnancy to term in these instances. LGBTQI couples are encouraged to approach women within their community who are understanding and supportive of their wish to start a family.

Can you assist in finding surrogate mothers?

We provide information and links to resources that accommodate this process, but we do not engage with the surrogacy process ourselves.

Do you freeze eggs/oocytes?

No, we do not freeze embryos. Frozen eggs/oocytes are sent to us for storage and safe keeping.

Do you freeze embryo's?

No, we do not freeze embryos. Frozen embryos are sent to us for storage and safe keeping. Fertility clinics specialise in cryogenically freezing embryos. Androcryos can refer you to a suitable in-vitro fertilisation clinic to arrange for the freezing process.