A way of achieving conception by donor sperms or if the partners sperms are not fully good for natural conception, is insemination. To carry out this treatment, you first need to undergo a fertility investigation. The woman can undergo the treatment as a single person or in a couple relationship that should be stable. Insemination can be done with your partner’s sperms (AIH) or with donated sperms (AID). 

Insemination with donated sperms

When undergoing treatment with donated sperms (AID) you need to see a behavioural scientist (psychologist) prior to treatment in Sweden. After the consultation with the woman/couple who are about to undergo insemination with donated sperms, an assessment is made to ensure that conditions for the child will be safe while the child is growing up. Health declarations to be completed and brought along to your appointment can be found here.


According to Swedish law, a child who has come into existence with the help of donated sperms has the right to be informed of the donor's identity when he/she is old enough to understand or at the latest at 18 years. The details of the name and personal ID number of the donor are therefore kept for 70 years from the donation date. Parents never have the right to know the donor's identity. The donor and the child have no social, legal or financial obligations or rights towards each other. To read more about how to talk to your child about their genetic origin, see

As a rule, the donor is matched to a number of characteristics of the parent. Ethnicity, eye colour, hair colour and height are usually matched. In this way, there is a good chance that there will be a greater similarity between child and parent. If you are two prospective parents, the donor is matched with the person who will not be carrying the child. The treating doctor will select an appropriate donor. 

The sperm donors used are carefully selected. The donor should be healthy and there should not be any serious hereditary disease in the family. The age of the donor is between 20-45 years. Semen samples shall be normal and manage freezing and thawing. Donated sperm are frozen before they can be used for treatment. During a waiting period, blood samples are repeated one or more occasions, this is to ensure that the donor has not been carrying an infectious disease while the sample was provided. 

A sperm donor will be thoroughly investigated by a doctor and a behavioural scientist before he is approved as a donor.

Short waiting times

Since 2018, you can choose which care provider you want to go to (vårdval – “choice of care”) and this applies to insemination treatments with donated sperm; and since 2019, it also applies to IVF with donated sperm (D-IVF). In Stockholm, patients who have been approved for county-funded treatment are free to choose which clinic they wish to have their treatment. For these treatments, donated sperm from a Swedish tissue establishment is then requisitioned. Since the introduction of “choice of care”, waiting times have been reduced and most people can begin insemination within a few months. Patients who are considered to have a need for highly specialized care are referred to the division of Reproductive Medicine at Karolinska. Treatment with donated sperm that is not covered by the care guarantee.

When having private treatment, donor sperm is requisitioned from two of Europe's leading sperm banks, which are located in Copenhagen.

Family law

Family law ensures that one sperm donor does not lead to the conception of too many children. In Sweden a sperm donor can't provide his sperm to more than 6 families. If you are funding the treatment yourself, you will have to pay a fee of SEK 7,000 for the donor, this fee is paid to Socialstyrelsen (the National Board of Health and Welfare).

Treatment with partner’s sperm

When using your partner’s sperm, the sperms are submitted to the clinic on the morning of the treatment as agreed.

What happens during insemination?

Women with regular menstrual cycles usually ovulate once a month. Ovulation commonly occurs two weeks before menstruation. Checking ovulation can be done with the help of urine sticks, and we recommend these.  

Sometimes you need help to induce ovulation, read more here about tablet therapy (Letrozole). In this case, (an) ultrasound examination/s is/are carried out to assess the growth of the ovarian follicles. If more than 2 ovarian follicles mature at the same time, treatment is discontinued.

If you are going to be inseminated with us, the following applies:

  1. Planning the best time In order to maximize your chances for conception, we want to make sure that you are ovulating during treatment. To find out, use an ovulation test at home (link). You usually start using them nine days after the first day of your period (cycle day 9). Contact the clinic when your menstruation starts, ring us or dial 1177. Insemination usually occurs the day after the test has shown positive or on the day of the positive test..
  2. Insemination Insemination is performed by a doctor or midwife. Treatment takes about 5 minutes and is carried out at the doctor's surgery (examination room) or in a treatment room. Sperm is placed in the uterine cavity via a thin plastic catheter much like a gynaecological examination. After treatment, the woman can live her life as normal but should avoid alcohol and nicotine.
Follow up involves a pregnancy test two weeks after treatment.

Sibling treatment

If you have received treatment through the county council, you can find the most recently updated regulations here. This treatment is funded by yourselves. Treatment to have a sibling with sperms from the same donor cannot always be guaranteed.

If you have funded your own treatment and want a sibling, do contact us and we will help you! 

Treatment to have a sibling with sperms from the same donor cannot always be guaranteed.