LONDON (AP) – Britain opened a National Sperm Bank on Thursday to help meet rising demand for donors.
Officials said it is designed to help single women, men with fertility problems and same-sex couples to build families.
The bank was set up to counter a national shortage of sperm donors at a time when the number of patients seeking sperm donation is increasing. It is based at the Birmingham
Women’s Hospital 185 kilometres northwest of London.
The National Sperm Bank will be run by the National Gamete Donation Trust in conjunction with the hospital. It said the sperm bank will re-duce the number of patients “putting themselves at risk” by using unregulated donation services.
The centre is also intended to help men who have had cancer treatment or suffer a genetic de-fect and cannot produce sperm.
It will recruit and screen donors and bank the sperm.