Published on October 22, 2013 | by Caroline Clastres

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Second-place finish for students’ swimmers

LSB’s report shows students are four times as likely to donate sperm as members of the Armed Forces [Flickr: Iqbal Osman]

Male students form one of the largest groups of sperm donors, according to a recent study by the London Sperm Bank (LSB).

The LSB says that on average 36 students a month donate sperm at LSB, joint-second with finance workers.

IT managers form the largest group – 45 on average each month.

Donors are not usually paid for their sperm, however some clinics offer to cover any ‘costs’ incurred.

Matthew, a former LCC student, said he would have applied to be a sperm donor back in his college days if short on cash.

Information

“I would totally do it, mainly for payment if I’m being honest. The money reward is obviously a reason to go but the perspective of helping a family is also gratifying,” he said.

The law concerning sperm donors’ anonymity changed in April 2005 making it compulsory to share information on donors, such as their names and last known address.

Donor-conceived children are entitled to contact the HFEA (Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority) to apply for identifying information about their donor once they reach the age of 18.

“A large number of our donors are students and that’s great for us, as their sperm tends to be young and healthy.”
– Reba Begum

Anonymity had been removed because law recognised that many donor-conceived individuals have a desire and a right to find out about where they originate from.

Matthew approved of the legal change: “[As a donor] I wouldn’t mind some kind of connection myself.”

Young and healthy

Reba Begum, Sperm Co-ordinator at London Fertility Centre, considers students’ donations a positive contribution: “Only 30 per cent of the men who apply actually end up becoming donors because of their sperm quality.

“A large number of our donors are students and that’s great for us, as their sperm tends to be young and healthy.”

Begum explains: “I don’t believe there is anybody using donor sperm who is not aware of the implications. Before anybody uses donor sperm they are required to have implications counselling to understand the emotional, relational, legal, financial and social implications.

“If we do not think they grasp this fully, we will not treat them.”

 

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