As a result of a nationwide sperm donor shortage, a national sperm bank in Birmingham has been set up to encourage donors.
Some people are having to wait five years to get a sperm donation, so the new sperm bank plans to attract more people to donate sperm, particularly from ethnic minorities as 86% of sperm donated is from those with a white background, and distribute it across the country.
The shortage has been encouraging women to seek out Danish Sperm banks, leading to the so-called ‘viking babies’ phenomenon.
If you’ve ever considered donating sperm then now is a great time for you to step forward and do your bit for the people of the UK.
It might seem an easy decision to make, it’s a fairly easy way to make some money if you’re a man (in fact it could be seen as a way to make money out of a leisure activity!), but you shouldn’t take the decision too lightly.
A change in the law in 2005 means donation is no-longer anonymous and children can trace their biological parents at the age of 18.
According to the HFEA, a sperm donor has the following legal responsibilities:
- You won’t be the legal parent of any child born as a result of your donation
- You’ll have no legal obligation to any child born from your donation
- You won’t be named on the birth certificate
- You won’t have any rights over how the child will be brought up
- You won’t be asked to support the child financially.
If you’re still interested then read our full article on making money donating sperm and eggs for the information you need.