Posted: 31 Jan 2011
Author: London Sperm Bank

500 Sperm donors needed: Can you help?


Did you know that to meet the current UK demand for fertility treatment using donor sperm, approximately 500 new 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 as in a registered fertility clinic.

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 samples are 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.

So far at the London Sperm Bank, we have seen individuals from all walks of life. They vary in ages, from students to established professionals, people working in finance, city professional, actors, teachers, civil servants and police officers. 

If you have ever considered donating your sperm, why not find out if you are suitable? Simply get in touch and we can provide you with more information.

Although expenses are paid covering travel and loss of earnings, the greatest feeling is the knowledge that you can help childless couples and women achieve their hope of childbirth.  Not to mention the knowledge that you are among 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.