Indians are UK’s Largest Ethnic Group Among New Sperm Donors


Indians have raised as the biggest ethnic group in the mist of newly registered sperm donors in UK.

Data within the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) – the independent regulator of fertility treatment in the UK shows that between 2009 and 2013, 52 Indians registered themselves to donate sperms in order to help childless couples across UK start a family. The number is higher than all other ethnic groups living in UK.

E.g., only 13 donors were of Pakistani origin, 34 were Irish, 17 were Chinese, and around 26 were Africans while the list did not have a single Bangladeshi donor.

A single donor scientifically can help 10 families. In UK, around 1 in 7 couples have difficulty conceiving – numbering to 3.5 million people across the country. Interestingly, the data also shows that more Indian women have come forward as egg donors than men who volunteered to donate sperms.

Around 57 Indian women registered themselves as egg donors but were actually second only to Africans – 74 in the list. Around 26 Pakistani women have volunteered to be egg donors beside five Bangladeshi women and 29 Chinese women.

Britain recently witnessed its biggest baby boom in the last 40 years recording 48 new births every hour. The population was found to be growing by 1,150 a day. The birth rate has also been fuelled by migration, with growing number of babies being born to foreign-born parents.

“Three quarters of UK donors registered for their sperm to be used in treatment identified themselves as white British. In contrast to sperm donation, the number of women expressing an interest to donate eggs had increased and around half reported an increase in actual donations. In 2013 there were 1,103 new egg donor registrations, an increase on 2012 when there were 1,005 and 2011 when there were 815.”

However the number of new donor registrations does not reflect the amount of donated sperm or eggs available for use. This is because each donor may specify the number of families.

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