Navigation Links
Shortage of donors at sperm bank clinics

An investigation today revealed that there is a “crisis” over lack of donors at sperm bank clinics. According to the BBC, with some of the clinics being totally out of stock//, women and couples wanting to have children were facing a major problem.

In 1990s, the highest number of donors was 459. Ever since, the number had been decreasing. To make it worse, last year a new law was passed that gave kids the right to know the identity of their donor father at the age of 18.

The BBC got in touch with all 84 NHS and private fertility clinics and the 1 sperm bank in the UK and received 74 responses. Nearly, 70% (50 clinics) were getting no sperm or had lot of problem in getting it, of late. The sperm bank had a supply, but revealed that there was a decrease in the number of donors. According to the investigation, in general 90% of all the donors went to only 10 clinics.

Allan Pacey, head of andrology at the University of Sheffield and secretary of the British Fertility Society, said there was a catastrophe.
He added: "If there aren't enough men who are willing to donate and be identified... and we don't have the ability to import sperm from other countries because the regulations are too tough, then we are not going to be able to treat patients that require donor sperm treatments. "Sadly, some will go without and sadly that may be the end of donor treatments as we have known it. "I think we are certainly in a crisis at the moment. Most of the clinics are finding it very difficult to get enough sperm to treat their patients."

Dr Pacey said patients were left in a inconsolable situation. "If they are unable to get treatment in their local clinic, then they are looking to other sources," he added. "Some are getting flights to other European countries, others may turn to Internet sites that are providing sperm for home insemination. There are signs of desperation and I thoroughly understand them."

Out of every 100 d onors, the sperms of only 5 will be accepted after the procedure of testing and selection.

Following is the data from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) about the number of men registered to be donors in the past few years: 325 men in 2000, 328 in 2001, 278 in 2002, 255 in 2003 and 248 in 2004. The data for 2005 will be released later this year.

A spokesman for the HFEA said: "There had been a steady downward trend in donors since the late 1990s long before changes to the anonymity law were discussed. The HFEA highlighted the problem in June and urged clinics to do more to recruit donors."

Dr Mark Hamilton, chair of the British Fertility Society, said: "The British Fertility Society is well aware of the difficulties many patients throughout the country are experiencing in accessing gamete donation services, in particular donor insemination treatment.

"A working party has been convened by the society to examine the situation and will shortly be making recommendations to the Department of Health.

"Provision of such services requires significant resources to attract, recruit, screen, and counsel prospective donors. The survey reinforces our own findings that many clinics are now finding it impossible to provide these services.

"One solution may be the development of a nationally co-ordinated donor recruitment service, managed through a number of adequately resourced recruitment centres, to meet the urgent needs of our patients, many of whom remain distressed by yet another example of postcode variation in quality and availability of fertility services throughout the country."
GY
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Shortage of MMR vaccine
2. Shortage of funds for providing AIDS drug in Africa and India
3. Tamiflu Shortage Can Be Better Handled By Combining It With Probenecid
4. Acute Shortage Of Neurosurgeons In India: One Surgeon For Every 1 Million!
5. Doctor Training Undermined In Britain Due To Shortage Of Cadavers
6. Shortage Of Funds In Primary Care Trust In UK
7. Acute Shortage Of Dentists in UK: Oral Care for Elders To Suffer A Setback
8. School Children Put To Risk Due To Shortage Of Nurses
9. UK Committee Warns on Food Shortages Due to Flu Epidemic
10. Zimbabwe Faces Shortage Of AIDS Drugs
11. UK Doctors Fear Shortages Could Hit Public Health Drive
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/28/2017)... ... ... The Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA) is pleased to announce its ... has been in place since the RBMA was founded in 1968 with all board ... Hamilton, MHA, CMM, FRBMA, as president. Dr. Dickerson the chief executive officer for Clinical ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... The Texas Cord Blood Bank (TCBB), a ... and delivery team at Women’s Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg for their outstanding efforts ... hospital and decide to donate. , “Women’s Hospital at Renaissance has been a ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... People are starting to accept that hearing aids ... doesn’t have the stigma it had when great-grandpa wore his hearing aids years ago,” ... a NALA North American Speaker Series (NASS) segment. “He probably wore an ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... are conducting a pilot study of ActiGraph’s CentrePoint Data Hub in ... a leading provider of clinical-grade wearable activity and sleep monitoring solutions for the ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... , ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... and advanced nutraceutical supplements, through its Nova Skin Sciences division, recently announced ... benefits of a moisturizer with the power of an anti-aging concentrate. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/25/2017)... , April 25, 2017 Endo International plc (NASDAQ: ... May 9, 2017. Members of its senior management team will host ... at 8:30 a.m. ET. The dial-in number to ... International (678) 509-7598, and the passcode is 6086379. Please dial in ... A replay of the call will be available ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... April 20, 2017  Vivify Health, the pioneer and ... been awarded a very significant patent for the advancement ... continual care via digital health.  This landmark patent provides ... and further secures Vivify,s position as the leader in ... was the first company to apply consumer mobile devices, ...
(Date:4/20/2017)... 2017  CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of ... store design to enhance the retail customer experience ... products and expanded beauty selections paired with informational ... new offerings. Together with its innovative digital programs, ... customer experience at CVS Pharmacy.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: