Sperm banks and fertility assistance.
A sperm bank is a large depository of sperm that generally goes hand-in-hand with a fertility clinic.
IUI involves cleaning the sperm at the bank before it gets frozen. This removes non-swimming sperm and useless mucus. It ensures that all the sperm is ready to be use and increases the fertility rate.
The Importance of Sperm Banks
Sperm banks are able to store your sperm for personal use in the future. This is beneficial for those who If your doctor has warned you may soon go infertile, or if you want a vasectomy with the possibility of children in the future, storing sperm may be the answer
The fertility treatments like IUI and IVF require donated sperm to be done. This can come from the male in the relationship if there is one, otherwise it could also come from the sperm bank or in some rare cases couples may ask a friend or relative to donate their sperm. A couple may choose to opt for donated sperm if the male in the relationship is unable to produce healthy sperm.
In short, sperm banks are there to assist people from any walk of life get pregnant when they may not be able to do so normally. Sadly, one sixth of couples in the UK are affected by infertility.
What to remember:
- When you donate sperm for public use, it no longer belongs to you and can be used by absolutely anybody who has all the requirements of the fertility centre. When donating for such a use, most do offer some form of monetary compensation.
- Sperm donation can really help people who cannot get pregnant themselves without assistance via artificial insemination. But it's not possible to decide who will get your sperm at all. You have to do it without knowing what type of person will effectively have your child.
- While the NHS does offer funding towards IVF treatment, very sadly not everyone is able to get it and may have to turn to a private clinic. Prices vary from clinic to clinic, but on average it costs £5000 for one cycle of IVF treatment. The cost is this high because of the medical requirements and work required. First, an egg is removed from the female body and the sperm is manually added to it. It is then placed into the womb of the woman to grow. This way, it avoids issues in which perhaps the fallopian tubes are damaged and prevents the woman from getting pregnant. It's worth trying different methods of getting pregnant first as there may be lower costing options available.