Number of sperm donors rises despite removal of anonymity in UK

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 10 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:971
  1. Michael Day
  1. London

    The number of men registering as sperm donors in the United Kingdom rose by 6% last year. This was despite a new law removing anonymity, which many feared would deter new donations.

    In the 12 months to 31 March 2006, the year after the law change, 265 new sperm donors registered with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), of whom 208 were based in the UK. The previous 12 months had seen 250 new donors, of whom 197 were based in the UK.

    Shirley Harrison, the authority's chairwoman, said: “These new figures show that the predicted drop in …

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