Semen Donation

Around 30% of cases of infertility are caused by the male. Semen donation allows these couples, or women who consider motherhood alone, to make their dream of starting a family come true. IVI has the largest semen bank in the world.

Sperm donation

Sperm donation

In what cases is it indicated?

Female patients can make use of sperm donation in the following situations:

  • When their partner’s semen is highly pathological coupled with poor results from in vitro fertilisation.
  • When there is a lack of spermatozoa (azoospermia) both in the ejaculate and in the testicular biopsy (an outpatient procedure done under local anaesthetic).
  • When the man is a carrier of a genetic disease which cannot be studied in the embryos.
  • When the man is a carrier of a sexually transmitted disease and it is not possible to eliminate the virus from the semen.
  • When chromosomal abnormalities are detected in the semen.
  • When the man has a positive blood group (homozygous state), and the woman has a negative one as well as being isoimmunised (she produces antibodies which attack the red blood cells of the foetus which has a positive blood group).
  • In the case of women who do not have a male partner.

Semen donation


90% of patients who undergo an assisted reproduction treatment at IVI become pregnant.


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IVI provides personalised care and support during all stages of treatment.


IVI is a pioneer in the latest assisted reproduction technology in order to present the best results.


We are not the most expensive choice. We offer the most treatment options in order to achieve the best results.






The semen samples are stored in a frozen state in semen banks and are kept in quarantine for a period of 6 months to control the risk of any diseases being passed on. After this time the tests are repeated in order to ensure that the donor is not in the early stages of an infection.

The selection of semen donors is controlled by law and includes men over the age of 18 who have a good state of physical and mental health, who test negative for infectious diseases and who have a normal karyotype. The selection procedure also includes genetic tests and a medical history of donors and their families, in order to prevent the risk of genetic diseases being passed on to their descendants.

Finally, in the IVI clinics, once it has been checked that there are no infections and that the semen has tolerated the freezing process sufficiently and maintained its quality, the samples are made available for use in fertility treatments, whether for intrauterine insemination, an IVF cycle or ovodonation.

What information must be provided by patients who want to receive semen from a donor?

  • Their previous medical and gynaecological record.
  • A report of any previous treatments at other centres.
  • Up-to-date serologies for hepatitis B and C, syphilis and AIDS for both partners.
  • Blood groups and Rh factors for both partners.
  • They must fill in and sign the request form and informed consent for undergoing the required assisted reproduction treatment using semen from a donor. The characteristics of the patients will be described in this document and will help the laboratory to choose the most suitable donor.

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