Semen quality in young men has been clearly declining over the past 15 years

First study to examine a very large population of sperm donors within the same laboratory over a long observation period

January 2017 Study Abstract

Objective
To provide information of semen quality among young Chinese men in the past 15 years.

Design
Retrospective cross-sectional study.

Setting
Sperm bank.

Patient(s)
A total of 30,636 young adult men who applied to be sperm donors at the Hunan Province Human Sperm Bank of China in 2001–2015 were included in the study.

Decline in semen quality among 30,636 young Chinese men from 2001 to 2015, Fertility and Sterility: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.09.035, January 2017 (Volume 107, Issue 1), Pages 83–88.e2.

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Intervention(s)
Physical examination and analysis of blood and semen samples.

Main Outcome Measure(s)
Semen parameters, such as semen volume, sperm concentration, total sperm count, progressively motile sperm count, sperm progressive motility, sperm morphology, and round cells.

Result(s)
Many of the semen parameters showed a decreasing trend over the 15-year observation period. The sperm concentration and percentage of sperm with normal morphology decreased from 68 × 106/mL to 47 × 106/mL and from 31.8% to 10.8%, respectively. Although sperm progressive motility showed irregular variation, the progressively motile sperm count decreased from 34 × 106 to 21 × 106 over the 15-year period. Furthermore, the rate of qualified donors fell from 55.78% in 2001 to 17.80% in 2015, and the rate for 2015 was approximately threefold lower than the corresponding rates in 2001.

Conclusion(s)
This is the first study to investigate the semen quality of a large population within the same laboratory in China over a long observation period. Our data clearly illustrate that the semen quality among young Chinese men has declined over a period of 15 years, especially in terms of sperm concentration, total sperm count, sperm progressive motility, and normal morphology. Moreover, the percentage of qualified donors also showed a decreasing trend during this time period. Although bulk semen parameters (reflected by 95% confidence intervals) overlap substantially throughout the study period, overall, these findings are a serious reproductive health warning, and further studies are warranted to confirm the findings of this study in China and to determine the factors causing this phenomenon.

Why many sperm banks are getting sued

It’s terrifying to imagine a health care business being operated so recklessly

” Frozen sperm has become a major industry, dominated by a few large sperm banks, but with smaller stocks of sperm maintained at hundreds of assisted-reproduction centers nationwide. “

” Some of the new cases accuse sperm banks of careless record-keeping, or mishandling or misappropriation of sperm banked for a client’s personal use. Others say the banks use hyped, misleading descriptions to market their donors. “

UK National Sperm Bank 2014 Official Launch

Birmingham Spermbank: ” Dedicated to recruiting sperm donors from across the Midlands, supporting and providing them a positive experience of being a donor within a leading UK clinic. “

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Birmingham Spermbank Official Launch: ” Dedicated to recruiting sperm donors from across the Midlands, supporting and providing them a positive experience of being a donor within a leading UK clinic. “

The world’s first independent National Sperm Bank, a collaboration between the National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women’s Hospital, has officially launched today.

Sadly for some DES Sons having their own children is not always possible! Many deal with urogenital abnormalities, structural and functional abnormalities in their sex organ and reproductive outcomes.

The UK National Sperm Bank is based at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital and offers a modern, NHS based, fully-integrated donor recruitment, screening and banking center which could deliver for all donor sperm requirements across the United Kingdom.

Sources and More Information:

  • UK national sperm bank opens for business,
    BBC News, 30 October 2014.
  • National sperm bank ‘on a mission to change sperm donation’, 4 News, 30 October 2014.
  • NATIONAL SPERM BANK OPENS ITS DOORS ON 30 OCTOBER 2014, veryspecialman, nsb-opening.

UK National Sperm Bank to launch in Oct 2014 in Birmingham

The National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), in partnership with Birmingham Women’s Hospital, has been awarded Department of Health funding to provide a National Sperm Bank set to benefit thousands

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Birmingham Spermbank: ” Dedicated to recruiting sperm donors from across the Midlands, supporting and providing them a positive experience of being a donor within a leading UK clinic. “

Sadly for some DES Sons having their own children is not always possible! Many deal with urogenital abnormalities, structural and functional abnormalities in their sex organ and reproductive outcomes.

The UK National Sperm Bank, to be based at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, with spokes across England, will be offering a modern, NHS based, fully-integrated donor recruitment, screening and banking center which could deliver for all donor sperm requirements across the UK. The project has been awarded funding of £77,000 by the Department of Health.

There is currently a national shortage of sperm donors in the UK, especially in NHS clinics. Patient numbers continue to rise and treating those who need donor sperm is a major problem.

The introduction of the National Sperm Bank will reduce the number of patients putting themselves at risk by using unregulated sperm donation services. For the first time, those from ethnic minority backgrounds will be able to choose from a range of culturally matched donors. Heterosexual and same-sex couples will be able to use the service, as well as single women.

Sources and More Information:

  • National Sperm Bank launched at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, NHS latest news, 24 July 2014.
  • UK sperm bank to be opened in Birmingham, BBC News, 3 Aug 2014.
  • National sperm bank to be launched amid donor shortage, The Guardian UK news, 3 Aug 2014.
  • UK facing ‘major’ sperm shortage, BBC Health, 28 June 2014.