A UK fertility clinic is offering a unique sperm sharing service. which could potentially save patients thousands of pounds for treatment
Hull IVF Unit is one of several clinics across the UK offering IVF patients the chance to save money if they agree to sign up to a sperm sharing programme.
The unit told the Hull Live website that couples can save themselves on average £3,590 if they sign up to the scheme, a significant saving of the cost of IVF, which on average costs between £5,000 and £10,000 in the UK.
The programme requires the man to agree to donate his sperm to at least ten families before he can begin treatment with his partner.
The clinic hopes it will help end the shortage of sperm donors at a time when they are in short supply.
The unit currently has only eight donors signed up who can help up to ten families and hope that this new scheme will encourage many more.
The unit’s donor coordinator, Laura Mason, said the programme was good news for all concerned.
She said: “This is an exciting and incredibly rewarding opportunity for our patients where they not only help others to achieve their much longed for family, but also benefit from their kind donation by receiving their own treatment at a fraction of the standard costs.
“There is a national shortage of sperm donors while the number of treatment cycles requiring donor sperm is increasing.
There is certain criteria for men to be eligible for the scheme, including being under the age of 46, able to donate sperm over a five week period and agree to attend counselling to fully understand the implications of being a donor.
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