The current waiting time for NHS funded Sperm Recipient Treatment at Aberdeen Fertility Centre is approximately 2 years from the date of referral. People who live in Grampian, Highland, Orkney or Shetland areas who fulfil the following criteria will be considered for NHS funded Sperm Recipient treatment under the care of the Aberdeen Centre for Reproductive Medicine.
Definition of recipients
Tubal evaluation (eg. HyCoSy) is strongly recommended for all sperm recipient patients prior to commencing insemination treatment.
Neither partner to have undergone voluntary sterilisation or who have undertaken reversal of sterilisation, even if reversal has been self-funded.
Couples must have been cohabiting (at the same address in case of any doubt) in a stable relationship for a minimum of two years.
There is a responsibility on patients to fulfil the following access criteria in the interests of the welfare of the child and the effectiveness of treatment. Centres will conduct tests to ensure that patients adhere to these criteria and, if a patient does not meet the criteria treatment cannot be started.
Body Mass Index (BMI)
The female partner must have a BMI above 18.5 and below 30. Couples should be aware that a normal BMI is best for both partners.
Alcohol and drugs
What is the ‘welfare of the child’ assessment?
During a patient’s first consultation at a fertility clinic, their doctor will ask them a number of questions about their medical history to determine the best course of treatment for them. The doctor will also ask the patient a series of questions relating to their social circumstances in person or by asking them to complete a questionnaire.
These questions are part of an assessment, known as the welfare of the child assessment, which clinics are required to perform in order to determine whether the prospective child is likely to face serious medical, physical or psychological harm.
Definition of number of cycles
For women aged 40 to 42 years old
The preferred treatment option would be IVF using donor sperm as success rates are higher, however the criteria for NHS funded IVF Treatment in Scotland would have to be met.
In very specific circumstances, sperm recipient treatment may be funded if:
We are not currently accepting referrals for Sperm Recipient treatment on a private basis to those residing out with our catchment area (Grampian, Highland, Orkney, Shetland)
If you would like any further information regarding treatments or referral to the Centre, please get in touch. One of the team will be happy to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have.