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Sperm donor age makes no difference to conception rates, study finds

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 30 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g4331
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

The chances of achieving a pregnancy using donated sperm do not decline with the increasing age of the donor, a study at Newcastle University has found. The results, due to be presented on Tuesday 1 July at the annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Munich, provide reassurance that, within the age range of donors permitted under existing guidelines, the donor’s age is immaterial.

This was important, Meenakshi Choudhary, a coauthor of the study, told a London briefing—because, since the anonymity of sperm donors was abolished in 2005, the age of donors had increased significantly. “It has gone up from an average of around 26, to 34-35,” she said. “Typical donors today are older men, not university students.”

With her coauthor Navdeep Ghuman, Choudhary used the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s …

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