DGSA RESPONSE TO MEDIA REPORT
At DGSA, we are committed to helping patients achieve their dreams of having a baby. Many patients have been unable to obtain donor sperm due to a shortage of donors and turn to DGSA to help them create their families. We know the process of obtaining and selecting donor sperm is an anxious one and sometimes things don’t go to plan.
We understand a recent article may have concerned some patients and we wanted to take the opportunity to correct a number of inaccuracies.
Due to the shortage of donor sperm in Australia, DGSA began supplying sperm to Genea patients in 2018 and a number of pregnancies have already been achieved.
On the reported occasion, the sperm that DGSA supplied to the clinic in Australia was intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) grade sperm, which was fully-screened, however it was not suitable for intrauterine insemination (IUI).
As soon as we were made aware of the issue of the low count (which was suitable for ICSI but not the IUI treatment that patients were expecting), DGSA issued a swift apology and immediately agreed to financially reimburse the small number of affected patients.
A number of patients elected to continue with ICSI with the current sperm.
As the agreement was a cross-border arrangement, DGSA needed to follow due process, which resulted in a slight delay. We did our best to expedite the process and at no time were we unduly trying to delay the financial compensation.
DGSA donor sperm continues to fulfil all NSW legislative requirements, screening processes and controls and remains highly suitable for ICSI.
We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact our donor co-ordinator.
What is the difference between ICSI and IUI grade sperm?
ICSI and IUI grade sperm undergo exactly the same screening (see here for further details on screening) and quality control processes. Essentially the only difference is in the number and motility of the sperm, which determines the type of fertility treatment that can be used. Healthy, normal males have different sperm counts and quality and despite this, are still fertile and produce healthy babies.
IUI-grade sperm has a higher count and therefore can be used for intrauterine insemination – a less invasive technique.
ICSI-grade sperm has a lower count and can only be used for ICSI, a form of IVF in which a single sperm is injected into an egg in order to fertilise it, maximising the chance of conception.
Research has proven that even though IUI is less invasive, it achieves a lower pregnancy rate than ICSI per donor sperm treatment cycle. This topic is best discussed with your fertility specialist, who can advise you on your best chances of success.