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Recruitment of sperm donors: the Newcastle-upon-Tyne experience 1994-2003.
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PMID:  16284065     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The demand for sperm donors has continued despite the introduction of ICSI. This study was undertaken in the light of impending changes in donor anonymity laws to evaluate the recruitment process of sperm donors. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 1101 potential sperm donors in a tertiary referral centre between January 1994 and August 2003. The main outcome measures were to determine the demographic details, recruitment rate and reasons for rejection of donors. RESULTS: The majority of the applicants were aged <36 years (88.07%), students (54.88%), without a partner (53.47%), unmarried (85.38%) and without proven fecundity (78.67%). Only 3.63% of the applicants were released as donors, 30.79% defaulted, whilst 64.48% were rejected. The most common reason for rejection was suboptimal semen quality (85.07%). Over the years, the numbers of the applicants and released donors have declined significantly. The overall clinical pregnancy rate from donor sperm during this period was 23.52%. CONCLUSIONS: In this successful anonymous sperm donor programme only a small proportion of the applicants are released as donors. The significant decline in released sperm donors coupled with the potential effects of loss of donor anonymity means that new strategies for sperm donor recruitment are urgently required.
S Paul; S Harbottle; J A Stewart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2005-11-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Human reproduction (Oxford, England)     Volume:  21     ISSN:  0268-1161     ISO Abbreviation:  Hum. Reprod.     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-12-05     Completed Date:  2006-02-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8701199     Medline TA:  Hum Reprod     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  150-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Newcastle Fertility Centre at Life, Bioscience Centre, International Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE1 4EP, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Anonymous Testing / utilization*
Great Britain
Single Person
Tissue Donors / classification*,  supply & distribution*

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