Monday, 31 January 2011

500 Sperm donors needed: Can you help?

Did you know that in order to meet the current UK demand for fertility treatment using donor sperm, approximately 500 donors are needed every year?

The current UK shortages mean that thousands of couples and single women are left on long waiting lists, are forced to travel overseas for treatment, or perhaps resort to using sperm from unsafe and unregulated sperm websites, which do not have the same strict rules, regulations, screening and testing procedures which protect both donor and recipient.

Meeting the UK demand for donor sperm is not as easy as simply finding 500 men to donate sperm, because on average only about 5% of applicants are accepted.  Unfortunately the majority of sperm are just not suitable for freezing or are not high enough in concentration to consider.  Some potential donors are also unsuitable because of their medical history.

This poor acceptance rate means that to meet the demands, we simply need to raise awareness and encourage more men to come forward and drive the number of accepted sperm donors.

At the London Sperm Bank we are looking for men from all different backgrounds with the right attitude and commitment level to complete the course of donation.
It is very stereotypical to assume that sperm donors are mostly students, as at our bank we have seen men from the Financial industry, city professionals, older men in their mid 30’s to 40’s who already have children, men in the healthcare sector, teachers, civil servants, men in the armed forces and many other various backgrounds.
If you would consider donating your sperm, then instead of just thinking about it, why not find out if you are suitable?  Simply fill out our sperm donor application form and we will get in touch with you with more information.
Although expenses are paid covering travel and loss of earnings, the greatest feeling is the knowledge that you are able to help childless couples and women achieve their hope of child birth.  Not to mention, the knowledge that you are amongst the 5% of men with suitable sperm quality and medical history.
The more men we get coming forward the more likely we are to meet the current shortages.