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Welshpool sperm donors wanted

Created on 08/02/2019 @ 08:29
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Fertility experts are appealing for donors from the Welshpool area to help couples and single women in the area fulfil their dream of having a family.

The Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility Centre is appealing for men in the area who are aged between 18 and 41-years-old who want to become sperm donors.

Jason Kasraie, head of fertility services at the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) which runs the Fertility Centre, said: “For many people, using donated sperm is the only chance they have of fulfilling their dream to have a family.

“There are many reasons why people use donated sperm. Around half of all cases where couples are unable to get pregnant naturally are sperm-related. This is usually because the man isn’t producing enough sperm or the sperm is of low quality - but it can also be a side effect of treatments for conditions such as cancer.

“Some men with serious inherited diseases in their family may want to use donated sperm to avoid passing the disease onto their children; while women in same sex couples and single women will also need donor sperm to have a family.”

Jason, a consultant clinical embryologist and andrologist, added: “Donating sperm is an incredible altruistic gift. Donors have no legal rights or parental responsibilities for children born from a donation as long as they donate through a Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) licenced UK fertility clinic like the Shropshire and Mid Wales Fertility Centre.”

Sperm donors should normally be aged between 18 and 41-years-old, however, in some rare cases, the clinic might allow an older donor to donate their sperm if they feel there are unlikely to be any serious consequences.

Donors will also need to have various health tests for diseases like HIV and Hepatitis, which can take up to six months.

They will be asked to provide some personal information – with some non-identifying information available to the hopeful parents at the time of donation, – while identifying details will be available to any children conceived with a donation when they reach 18-years-old.

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