In the wake of Fifi Box’s pregnancy announcement, there is one question we’ve found ourselves Googling.
How do you get donor sperm?
Fifi’s Instagram post announcing her pregnancy openly and honestly gave us a peek into a far less told fertility journey.
The Australian radio presenter and television host has longed for a sibling for her daughter Trixie for years, and that dream was made a reality through the use of a donor sperm.
“We’re having a baby! Yes Trixie and I are over the moon/jumping out of our skin/can’t stop smiling/floating on air/dancing in the streets/walking on sunshine and every other metaphor that conveys absolute pure joy. How did this happen you might ask?” her Instagram post begins.
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We’re having a baby!! Yes Trixie and I are over the moon/jumping out of our skin/can’t stop smiling/floating on air/dancing in the streets/walking on sunshine and every other metephor that conveys absolute pure joy ???? How did this happen you might ask? Well, a few years ago I made an appointment to see an IVF specialist, the amazing Dr Sameer Jatkar at Monash IVF, and I began an IVF journey to extend our little family. After a series of egg retrievals and freezing, last year I started the process to become pregnant via an anonymous donor. I am still pinching myself that I have been this blessed and that this little miracle is growing within me, a much wanted and longed for sibling for a very excited big sister! I know the value of this miracle because I have seen first hand the heartbreak, tears and sacrifices so many women and couples suffer on their IVF journeys and my heart goes out to those who are facing that pain and struggle. It is not lost on me that I am one of the lucky ones. Being a mum is my greatest joy in life, it is quite simply everything to me. Trixie has brought me more happiness and love than I ever imagined possible and to feel my heart expanding to include this little angel kicking and rollicking within me, I am overwhelmed with how much love and happiness the future holds. I will cherish Trixie and this little angel forever, and hold them so close for the rest of our lives ???????????? #family
She goes on to explain how she began freezing her eggs a few years back, had sought an anonymous donor sperm and using IVF – fell pregnant.
For Professor Beverley Vollenhoven from Monash IVF (which is where Fifi had her treatment done), the radio star using her public platform to talk so openly about using donor sperm as a single lady will do wonders.
“It will help to normalise it,” she said.
Beverley personally has about one patient a fortnight go down the path of donor sperm, which gives you an idea of just how common it is on a wider scale.
“Usually the chat starts with fertility as a wider topic,” Beverley explained about how she might work out if you’re a candidate for donor sperm while in her clinic.
“Donor sperm is largely used by single women and gay women, however heterosexual couples do also follow that route.
“The decision [for donor sperm] is usually made when there is nothing else to try,” Beverley said of male-female couples.