Donor Insemination (DI)


The procedure called donor insemination (DI) allows donor sperm to be transferred into the uterus of a woman at the time of ovulation to achieve fertilization and pregnancy.

Donor insemination might be an option for individuals in the following situations:

  • Male factor infertility that cannot be otherwise treated
  • Inheritable genetic disease that can be transferred from a male partner to offspring
  • Failure to achieve pregnancy with other assisted reproductive technologies
  • Women without a male partner
  • Lesbian couples

DI can be used alone or in combination with ovarian stimulation (see ovulation Induction OI).

The frozen donated sperm is thawed in our laboratory and carefully inserted in the woman’s uterus with the use of a soft, small, and flexible plastic tube called a catheter.

The procedure is usually not painful, requires only a few minutes and allows women to return almost immediately to their regular activities.

The main risks are related to the ovarian stimulation and include an increased risk of multiple pregnancies and a risk of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS).

Although Health Canada regulates the screening, testing, processing and distribution of donor sperm, patients can review and choose the available donor’s  physical characteristics, ethnic and educational background, race, and health.

For more information regarding donor sperm regulations please refer to Health Canada website.

The success rate of DI can vary significantly and depends on age, type of medication and the presence of other fertility problems.

Our DI success rates.

For more information on The Fertility Clinic protocols, please take a look at our “Protocols and Procedures” in the “Patient Information” section.