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Title: Artificial insemination with donor sperm (AID): heterogeneity in sperm banking facilities in a single country (Belgium)
Authors: THIJSSEN, Annelies
Dhont, Nathalie
Vandormael, Eva
Cox, Annemie
Klerkx, Elke
Creemers, Eva
Issue Date: 2014
Citation: Facts, views & vision in ObGyn, 6 (2), p. 57-67
Abstract: Due to the high inflow of foreign patients seeking cross-border reproductive care in Belgium and the increased number of lesbian couples and single women who call for artificial insemination with donor sperm (AID), Belgian sperm banks nowadays face a shortage in donor sperm. However, since there is no central registration system for sperm donors in Belgium, no figures are currently available supporting this statement. Therefore a study was performed to obtain a detailed overview of the sperm banking facilities in Belgium. Questionnaires were sent to all Belgian centres for assisted reproduction with laboratory facilities (n = 18) to report on their sperm banking methods. The results showed that 82% of the centres rely partially or completely on foreign donor sperm. Moreover, four of the thirteen centres that have their own sperm bank use imported donor sperm in > 95% AID cycles. Our results show that in 63% of the Belgian AID cycles imported Danish donor sperm is being used. Donor recruitment is mainly performed through the centre’s website (61%) or by distributing flyers in the centre (46%) and 9 to 180 potential donors have been recruited per centre in 2013. Eventually, 15 to 50% of these candidate donors were accepted. Different criteria for donor acceptance are handled by the centres: donor age limits range from 18-25 to 36-46 years old, and thresholds for sperm normality differ considerably. We can conclude that a wide variation in methods associated with sperm banking is observed in Belgian centres.
Notes: Correspondence at: annelies.thijssen@uhasselt.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/18652
ISSN: 2032-0418
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: vabb, 2017
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