Sperm Bank, UK

UK – Brexit news latest: Fears over shortage of donated sperm after Britain leaves EU

Source Evening Standard

Fears have been raised over a shortage of foreign sperm donations under a no-deal Brexit following the publication of technical notices released by the Government.

A paper from the Department of Health and Social Care revealed that Danish sperm made up almost half of all non-British male reproductive material imported to the UK in 2017.

A no-deal Brexit could lead to the UK leaving EU organ and tissue donation directives, which cover material including human sperm, eggs and embryos and organs for transplant.

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Sperm Donation

America’s hottest export? Sperm

Source The Guardian

Ella Rasmussen’s doctors started to prod her about children when she turned 30. She was single, suffered from endometriosis, and contemplated a hysterectomy. After several years, the nudges took hold. Because she wasn’t a good candidate to freeze only her eggs, she was advised to undergo IVF and freeze fertilized embryos.

In 2016 Rasmussen, then living in Queensland in Australia, decided to take the plunge. A friend offered his services, but she worried that if she knew the father, but he wasn’t involved, she or her child could feel hurt. If she wanted sperm, she’d have to buy it.

For Rasmussen, a striking brunette of multi-ethnic background, looks or an attraction to the donor weren’t a factor. Neither was race; it would be difficult to match what she knew of her own ethnic background anyway. She wanted someone who might fit her family personality-wise. That included a love of music and a sense of humor.
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Embryo, Frozen Eggs, Frozen Sperm

Extra sperm, eggs, embryos mean parents must make decisions

Source Chicago Tribune

It was 2008, and for more than a year, Patrick and Kate Sandusky had been trying to get pregnant.

Facing infertility, the Lakeview couple hadn’t thought about having too many chances to have children. Eventually, a fertility specialist said a procedure Kate had undergone years earlier would mean they needed in vitro fertilization. Through IVF, the couple had three children — now 9-year-old twins and a 6-year-old daughter.

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cryogenic cold storage

WHAT KEEPS EGG-FREEZING OPERATIONS FROM FAILING?

Source: WIRED

This week, cryogenic storage at two fertility clinics malfunctioned, putting their client’s family planning in jeopardy.

ON MARCH 4, an embryologist at Pacific Fertility Center was doing a routine walk-through of the clinic’s collection of waist-high steel tanks, each one filled with thousands of liquid nitrogen-bathed vials of frozen sperm, eggs, and embryos. The San Francisco-based clinic offers cryogenic cold storage and in vitro fertilization services for patients throughout the Bay Area, many of whom work for tech companies with hefty fertility benefits packages—Apple, Google, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn. PFC charges its patients $600 a year for storage alone, which covers the personnel required to maintain the tanks, according to its website.Every day someone has to do a physical inspection of the equipment, and staff are on-call 24/7. But that Sunday, the embryologist discovered that in one tank, Tank No. 4., the liquid nitrogen levels had slipped to dangerously low levels.

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