Thursday 29 September 2016

World's biggest sperm bank making regular deliveries here

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 12/08/2016 | 02:30

Home insemination with donor sperm is occurring in significant numbers in Ireland
Home insemination with donor sperm is occurring in significant numbers in Ireland

Home insemination with donor sperm is occurring in significant numbers in Ireland, with some 75 shipments to home addresses from the world's biggest sperm bank in two years.

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The Cryos clinic in Denmark despatched the shipments to Irish homes during 2014 and 2015, according to the 'Medical Independent'.

Figures show that the 20 orders in 2015 consisted of nine orders of anonymously donated sperm and 11 orders of non-anonymously donated sperm. In 2014, there were 55 shipments, of which 20 were anonymous donors and 35 were non-anonymous.

The chief executive of the Danish clinic, Ole Schou, said many Irish people may not be inclined to inseminate in their homes as they can undergo the procedures at clinics in Ireland.

Heterosexual couples usually choose anonymously donated sperm, while single women and female couples tend to select non-anonymously donated sperm.

The 'Medical Independent' said Irish legal provisions that have not yet come into force stipulate that donated sperm used in donor-assisted human reproduction (DAHR) procedures in Ireland must have been donated non-anonymously.

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The provisions in the Children and Family Relationships Act 2015 would apply to DAHR procedures conducted in DAHR facilities and do not cover home insemination, according to the publication.

In states where the selection of anonymously donated sperm was banned, people often went abroad, said Mr Schou.

Other couples turned to the "grey market" where unauthorised persons offered their "services".

The Danish sperm bank is licensed under the EU Tissue Directive and screens donors for a range of infectious and hereditary diseases.

Irish Independent

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