We sent off the paperwork via email choosing our donor this morning. We've got a confirmation email to say it's been received in good order. Have a compulsory IVF counselling session next week to discuss de-identified donor issues and a FS appointment to plan our next cycle the following week. So it's looking quite likely that we will be able to have a go in July without any delay. Ooh, I get excited writing that. It's such a different and wonderful feeling to be heading towards a cycle without expecting any sperm problems.
We didn't get a hard and fast answer on why ICSI only. We did get told that his DNA fragmentation test result is in the normal range so that was good enough for me to accept the ICSI.
For wishy-washy explanations they half supported my guess that the ICSI is to stretch the donor's samples out to supply four families worth of anticipated cycles (including subsequent siblings), and half said that they simply didn't want to overestimate quality for after the freeze/thaw. I'm aware from my own work freezing single cell suspensions that if you don't have the ideal number of cells to work with then you start loosing a greater percentage of them, scaling quantities up is fine, but scaling them down doesn't work so well - cells like having friends.