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Sperm donors

Men, who had no sperm in their semen, were offered the opportunity of fatherhood by the use of donor sperms.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 26, 2010 13:30 IST
Dr Kavan Lakdawala

A 25-year-old man wanted to donate sperms. He was confused about whom to approach. I sent him to a neighbouring infertility clinic. He was requested to ask all relevant questions to the concerned doctor. The sperm bank is a concept, which has recently gained ground. It consists of storage of sperm at a predetermined temperature, so that they can be used at a later date.

Initially this concept was started for infertility treatment. Men, who had no sperm in their semen, were offered the opportunity of fatherhood by the use of donor sperms. Men suffering from severe diseases like cancer of testes too are offered this option prior to undergoing radiotherapy.

Now, with the marital age rising, many males opt for sperm preservation at an early age so that their chances of fatherhood are not diminished at a later date.

There are no contraindications for sperm donation. Ethically, one will not be in a position to find out the recipient of the sperm. Neither will the recipient be in a position to find out the source. There are no adverse effects of sperm donation. The donor-to-be will be pretested for fitness prior to sperm donation.