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Older sperm donors same quality as young

30th June 2014
Researchers have said older sperm donors are just as effective as their younger counterparts.

spermExperts have said that sperm donors of any age must pass strict tests before they can donate, and therefore their age is not important.

A presentation at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology annual conference showed the average age of donors was 26-years-old before the law in 2005, and 24-years-old after.

"It is a huge difference," said Dr Meenakshi Choudhary from the Newcastle Fertility Centre.

"It may concern women, who are already older, who know their chances are lower, that if they go for an older sperm then their chance of a live birth with be further reduced."

Dr Choudhary analysed data from nearly 40,000 cycles of IVF between 1991 and 2012, concluding that there was no difference when comparing the age of the sperm donor.

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