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Sperm sharing – is it for you?

You could reduce the cost of your IVF treatment  - and help another family have a baby

 

Sperm sharing is a donation service we provide at CARE where men undergoing their own IVF treatment can donate their sperm to other families who need it.  In return for this wonderful gesture, for patients who sperm share, CARE subsidise the cost of the sharer’s own IVF treatment.  

We always need more sperm donors – despite advertising and raising awareness, the demand for donor sperm is increasing.  

“With the continued cuts to NHS funded fertility treatment across the UK, it’s becoming more difficult for patients to find help with funding IVF.  For men who wish to sperm share at CARE, we can assist them in reducing the cost of their own IVF cycle, whilst helping another family have the chance of a baby” Rob Smith, CARE London 

 

Who Needs Donated Sperm?

While treatment for male infertility has dramatically improved – there are still a group of men who have no sperm perhaps due to illness like cancer or a genetic condition.  Without donor sperm there isn’t anything we can do – we totally rely on the generosity of our donors.  

 

Who can be a sperm share donor?

If you are aged between 18 and 40, fit, healthy and free from any serious medical conditions or genetic disease, you may be suitable for sperm sharing.  Unfortunately, there are certain groups of men we cannot accept – 

  • Intravenous drug users
  • Men who have had unprotected sex in areas with large numbers of HIV cases
  • Men who have had unprotected sex with multiple partners in the last 6 months
  • Men who have been adopted without access to the medical history of their biological parents
  • Men with infectious disease
  • Family history of genetic conditions

We will firstly ask you to provide a sperm sample – due to the freeze thaw process, it may mean that your sperm count & quality would not be suitable.  This doesn’t mean you can’t have a child yourself – many of our donors are dads.  We will also ask you to have screening tests for infections such as Hepatitis A, B & C, HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis as well as specific genetic testing depending on your ethnic background.  We will provide you with full details of all the screening tests.

 

Counselling is mandatory for anyone thinking about sperm sharing.  Couples are seen together and it’s time to think through what donation may mean to you – your responsibilities as a donor, and legal requirements.  As a sperm share donor you will not be the legal parent of any child born from the donation.  Donors are only allowed to create a maximum of 10 families and you can find out the number of children, sex and year of birth of any children born.  

 

Anyone born from donation will from age 16 have access to information about their donor – so it’s important that you have considered the implications of donating.

 

This is just a short summary of what’s involved in sperm sharing – but if you are interested then please ask any of our teams for more details.  CARE have successfully helped many families using this type of donation – we would love to help you.

 

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