Although both, the scale of semen storage and number of donors has increased in China in the past several years, the gap between donor supply and recipient demand is still strikingly large. As nearly 10 per cent of men in China are infertile, and there is a growing acceptance for same-sex relationships and many reproductively challenged couples turn to assisted infertility technology. In , it was reported that over 10, couples hoped to undergo the medical service. Chinese sperm banks have stringent screening tests that disqualify nearly 50 per cent of willing participants. Any samples that reveal sexually transmitted infections instantly bars an eager donor for life, regardless if their symptoms have been treated.
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Facing mounting pressure to attract qualified donors, a sperm bank in southeastern China has stepped up its social media game and reached out to local newspapers to spread the word about its urgent need for volunteers. In a recent interview in Chinese with Qianjiang Evening News, the Zhejiang Sperm Bank revealed that it was struggling to meet growing demand from couples seeking fertility treatment because although the number of people interested in donating has increased in recent years, only a small fraction of them were found suitable. When asked about the cause, the director pointed to a variety of factors, including a lack of physical activity and sleep deprivation. In addition to sperm quality, there are several other requirements to qualify as a donor.
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Foreigners in Shanghai discuss the topic of sperm donations. Photo: VCG While many Chinese couples are happy about the nation's loosened birth policies and are getting ready to have their second child, an equal proportion fail to conceive due to infertility. Statistics show that about 12 to 15 percent of couples of childbearing age in China cannot have babies, the Beijing News reported in October.
Donors should be between the ages of 18 and 54 years, in good health and without any personal or family history of hereditary disease or abnormal baby. In addition, their donation also should not result in more than 3 live birth events in Hong Kong. For genetic disease, we would check for any thalassemia carrier. We would also specifically ask donors to see if they have any personal or family history of hereditary disease or abnormal baby.