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JoeCivvie

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http://www.bbc.com/news/health-28061263
UK facing 'major' sperm shortage
By James Gallagher Health editor, BBC News online
The UK is facing a major sperm shortage that may be tempting fertility clinics to accept poorer quality sperm, the British Fertility Society (BFS) warns.

Some clinics rely on imported sperm to keep up with demand.

However, the BFS chairman, Dr Allan Pacey, said he was "worried" that some clinics may be setting a lower bar to "get donors through the door".

He said woman may be subjected to more invasive and expensive techniques if poor-quality sperm were used.

There are thought to have been fewer sperm donors after the right to anonymity was removed in 2005.

The demand for donors has been falling as advances in fertility treatment let more men father their own children.

However, a shortage of donors has still emerged.

Figures from the fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), show nearly one in four donated sperm samples are from abroad.

The figure was one in 10 in 2005.

Sperm banks in Denmark and the US are the major suppliers.

Dr Pacey warned this was limiting patient choice and increasing waiting times, which led to potential risky practices, including DIY insemination with a friend's sperm or seeking treatment in a country with less fertility regulation.

He told the BBC: "We do still have a major sperm shortage in the UK.

"The worry is clinics might decide to change the quality of sperm they are willing to accept in order to get donors through the door and I think that's a very dangerous road to go down."

He said one possible example was sperm being accepted that would be suitable only for injecting into an egg - intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection - rather than for artificial insemination.

"That is putting the woman through more procedures, in terms of eggs being collected, than would be done if sperm of higher quality was collected and she could be treated with a simple insemination.

"My worry is clinics may be tempted to bend the rules, I have no evidence that they are, but I think when we have a national sperm shortage they're the kind of things we need to be looking for and warding against."

'Fully inform patients'
Professor Yakoub Khalaf, of the assisted conception unit at Guy's Hospital in London, commented: "We are now more reliant on external sperm banks than ever before.

"I don't think it is an issue as such, but what I have observed is that when people get sperm from abroad they can be given an option of 'suitable for insemination', or 'suitable for IVF or ICSI' [sperm injected to the egg].

"But how can donor sperm be less than adequate for all treatments?"

He said that based on his experience of the quality of imported sperm "the same could be happening here".

A HFEA spokesperson said: "We expect our clinics to use only donor sperm of a quality that will ensure the best outcome for the patient, and under our code of practice clinics are required to fully inform patients of the different treatment options available to them."
 
Going to have to step up to the plate here.Never let it be said,that when the country called I was found wanting. My job could now be my hobby.....
 

The_Snail

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There's enough w(ankers on here who should be able to help out.
 
Where do we post the stuff to?
 
Had the snip years ago but if they're using young nurses in uniform to "collect the donation by hand", I'm free for them to practise on, being the public spirited sort.
 
I had snip back in 94 but who knows with advances in medical science they could get my tubes reunited? That plus help from the ginger thread and I will be gladly giving my all for dear old blighty!
 

AlienFTM

MIA
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Where do we post the stuff to?
Just wrap it in some paper. Glossy coloured (maybe photo-quality) paper from top-shelf magazines seems to work well.

Edit: damn. Answered the wrong question, "How do we post it."
 
Just wrap it in some paper. Glossy coloured (maybe photo-quality) paper from top-shelf magazines seems to work well.

Edit: damn. Answered the wrong question, "How do we post it."[/QUOTE]

just click reply.
 
The UK is facing a major sperm shortage that may be tempting fertility clinics to accept poorer quality sperm, the British Fertility Society (BFS) warns.

It never occurred to me that semen would be graded. I suppose an athletic type with a high IQ would produce Grade A 3 Star spunk while your high blood pressure, asthmatic, early school leaver would produce low Research Sperm Number jism, around the 87/88 mark.

Of course top quality baby batter is only half the story. You'll only get an Alpha human with a combination of Grade A Jiz and a top quality egg.
 
I'm surprised they're worried about subjecting women to "invasive" implantation techniques. Just get a bloke with a small cock to do it.

Rules me out, obviously.
 

Fintry

Old-Salt
Mine must be a reasonably good grading as it tastes lovely.

It does tend to stick in my moustache but I reckon that just means it's of a good consistency.
 

JoeCivvie

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Mine must be a reasonably good grading as it tastes lovely.

It does tend to stick in my moustache but I reckon that just means it's of a good consistency.

Get someone else to blow you and you won't have that problem any more.

(Well done on the supple back by the way).
 
Perhaps they will accept a donation of my old wonk socks from the time I was a young, keen and fit cold war warrior........???????????
 

Gout Man

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Just wrap it in some paper. Glossy coloured (maybe photo-quality) paper from top-shelf magazines seems to work well.

Edit: damn. Answered the wrong question, "How do we post it."
In a Jiffy bag!

Won't be a jiff dear.....
 
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