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Sperm donor shortage

14th September 2006

14092006_sperm1.jpgA BBC survey suggests that two thirds of IVF clinics have trouble getting the sperm they need.

Almost 70% of fertility clinics either have no access to donor sperm, or find it extremely difficult to obtain. Fifty of the clinics surveyed said they either had no sperm or insufficient supplies.

More resources are needed for campaigns aimed at recruiting donors as infertile patients are becoming desperate, said specialists; many clinics reported waiting times of at least six months for couples needing donor sperm, and some were turning patients away. However the government said some clinics had managed to recruit new donors and the rest should follow suit.

The crisis began in the run-up to a change in the law last year, which removed anonymity, giving children the right to access the identity of their biological father if they were born through sperm donation. Dr Allan Pacey, secretary of the British Fertility Society, said the shortage of donors "is a consequence of the law change and the manner in which it was implemented."

However, Charities representing donor-conceived people welcomed the changes in the law, saying it was a vital measure to bring openness into the lives of adults who were created in this way. 

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Article Information

Title: Sperm donor shortage
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 771
Date Added: 14th Sep 2006

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