Posted: 30 Dec 2015
Author: London Sperm Bank

Recent press reports have raised concerns about a London Sperm Bank leaflet and the suitability of men with dyslexia as sperm donors. The screening of sperm donors is a challenging process regulated by the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) and guided by the health of any children born as a result of the donation. The screening process aims to remove any risk to the child of infectious or inherited genetic diseases. The sperm screening process at the London Sperm Bank is so thorough that only around 3% of men making enquiries are acceptable as donors.

Reference to "neurological" disorders as part of this screening process was made in a London Sperm Bank leaflet produced in 2010 and now withdrawn. We are currently seeking guidance to produce a new leaflet and to ensure that we are not excluding men who fulfil the guidelines and wish to donate at the London Sperm Bank. However, our priorities remain with the safety of the procedure, the quality of our donor sperm, and the health of the children born as a result of the donation.