Tuesday, 21 June 2011

What does being a sperm donor really mean?

“Sperm donors needed. Expenses paid!”

Many of you would have seen these words in the classified section of the papers, on the tube, and even on social networks, but what is this all really about?

There are many women across the UK who require donor sperm either due to infertility or the absence of a male partner. The UK has traditionally had problems recruiting volunteers for sperm donation, with demand consistently exceeding supply.  This means thousands of women are denied the chance to have children. We want to change this and we need your help!

“My partner and I thought long and hard about having a family. We both wanted to be parents, and had been together happily for many years, with a supportive wider family who encouraged us to go for it. After much talking, we conceived our first baby through sperm donation (and later again with sperm from the same donor). It wasn’t something we did lightly, and I am sitting here struggling to find the words to communicate quite how important the decision was, and how having children has transformed our lives. We now have two miraculous children - a son and daughter - whom we adore, and who adore each other. They are bright, happy, confident kids, who have brought so much joy, not just to us, but to our parents (particularly one set who thought they would never be grandparents), and to our sisters, brother and nieces. Sperm donation is the most incredible life-transforming gift, and we are forever grateful to the wonderful man who made it possible for us to create a family.”  Recipient, two children (donor sperm used from our donor bank for treatment at our sister clinic The London Women’s Clinic)

There are many more touching stories like this which bring home the reality of what becoming a sperm donor really means to the recipients.  Although donating may be inconvenient at times you really are the important link that can complete our recipient’s family.
If you are a healthy male, aged between 18 and 45 we would be delighted to hear from you!
We welcome enquiries from potential donors from all walks of life and every background.  The women who come to us for donor sperm are from very diverse backgrounds but they all share one common desire - to have a child, and contrary to many misconceptions, the realities are:

1.       Your legal status does not change by becoming a donor.  The law means that children born as a result of your donations can find out who you are at age 18 but you will have no legal rights or responsibilities over any child conceived with your donations. 
2.       You are in control – you can withdraw consent at any time and have choices regarding how your sperm is used.
3.       You can donate your sperm regardless of your sexual orientation- Gay or not, we want to hear from you- we are more interested in your life experiences and reasons for donating
4.       You will not have hundreds of children all over the UK with your genes- Each donor can be used for a maximum of 10 families only. 
The first step is easier than you think- simply call us on 020 7935 9004 or email us on info@londonspermbank.com .  You can even fill out an enquiry form on our website: www.londonspermbank.com

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