Donated eggs or sperm

Egg donation requires in vitro fertilization, while sperm donation can be carried out as either in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination in the womb. Treatment with both donated eggs and sperm simultaneously is not allowed.

Treatment is preceded by a mandatory social service investigation at the Fertility Unit.

On reaching sufficient maturity, children conceived through donor treatment have a statutory right to access donor data recorded in the hospital's special medical records.  Couples are expected to tell children how they were conceived.

There is no legal obstacle for couples to have their own known donor, but this situation warrants an expanded social service investigation due to an increased risk of psychosocial problems.  If a couple has their own donor, waiting time can be reduced through "crossover" donation (the department switches donors). 


Lack of or poor quality of the patient’s own gametes. Risk of transmitting serious genetic diseases to the child.  Lesbian couples are also entitled to consideration for treatment with donated sperm.

Mandatory testing before treatment applies to both members of the couple, and covers HIV, Hepatitis B and C, HTLV I and II, and syphilis.

Page revised Thursday, April 7, 2011

Content manager: Anna Wistrand

Published by Anita Pettersson