UK opens National Sperm Bank amid donor shortage

AP News
Posted: Oct 30, 2014 5:42 AM

LONDON (AP) — Britain has opened a National Sperm Bank to help meet rising demand for donors.

The sperm bank is based at the Birmingham Women's Hospital 115 miles (185 kilometers) northwest of London.

Officials said Thursday it is designed to help single women, men with fertility problems and same-sex couples to build families.

The bank has been set up to counter a national shortage of sperm donors at a time when the number of patients seeking sperm donation is increasing.

The National Sperm Bank will be run by the National Gamete Donation Trust in conjunction with the hospital. It says the sperm bank will reduce the number of patients "putting themselves at risk" by using unregulated donation services.