Therapeutic Donor Insemination (TDI)
- This infertility treatment option involves placing sperm from an anonymous donor through a woman's cervix and into the uterus at the time of ovulation. The use of frozen semen to prevent sexually transmitted disease is recommended by the Food and Drug Administration and the Center for Disease Control. At commercial sperm banks, donors are tested for sexually transmitted diseases.
- Commercial sperm banks are most commonly used. The sperm banks provide information about the physical characteristics, medical history, education, and ethnic or racial background of the donors. More recently, some donors have given permission to sperm banks to reveal their identities if requested by the child at some point in the future.
- Who uses Therapeutic Donor Insemination? This treatment is often used by couples when the male partner has no sperm, by women without partners, and by same-sex female couples.
- Northwestern Medicine performs TDI seven days a week.