Semovo Supports National Fertility Awareness Week 202227th October 2022
This coming week is National Fertility Awareness Week. As one of the country’s leading sperm donation clinics, the team here at Semovo sees first-hand how treatment with donor sperm changes people’s lives. That’s why we strive to raise awareness about the importance of sperm donors and why we are supporting the Fertility Network this National Fertility Awareness week.
What is National Fertility Awareness Week?
National Fertility Awareness Week is organised by Fertility Network UK, a charitable organisation that aims to change perceptions around infertility and offer support and information to those who need it. This year, it will run from 31 October to 4 November 2022. For our part, Semovo wants to raise awareness of the rising demand for donor sperm and why we encourage more donors to come forward.
Why is there a rise in treatment with donor sperm?
Today, more people than ever depend on using donor sperm to conceive, and there are many reasons for this. Some of the most common reasons are:
- Poor Sperm Quality: A common cause of subfertility in men is poor-quality sperm. This could be a low sperm count, poor sperm motility; where most of the sperm aren't moving, or the sperm are abnormally shaped. Sperm quality can be heavily influenced by lifestyle - exercising regularly, eating healthily, and abstaining from smoking and drinking can positively affect sperm health.
- Age-related Fertility: Many men may decide to have children later in life, but are unaware that age can impact the quality of sperm. Although most men do produce sperm throughout their entire lives, research suggests they may struggle to conceive after age 50.
- Medical treatment: Medical treatment such as chemotherapy can impact male fertility.
- Risk of hereditary/genetic conditions: In some cases, a man may decide to use a donor because he carries a genetic condition that could be passed down to a child.
- LGBTQ+ Parents: Same-sex female couples need donor sperm to have a family.
- Single Mothers by Choice: Women who choose to pursue parenthood on their own.
How Does Sperm Donation Make a Difference?
As a leading donor sperm bank, Semovo works with patients from clinics across the UK, like Manchester Fertility, providing screened and assessed sperm for use in treatments such as In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). One of the most rewarding aspects for our team here at Semovo is getting news from our patients to thank us for our part in the conception and finally, the birth of their child.
Working with leading fertility clinic, Manchester Fertility, Semovo donor sperm has contributed to more than 1000 births since 2015 - that's a lot of miracles.
Our sperm donors choose to donate for a range of different reasons. It is often an act of great empathy, as they may know someone who has struggled with their fertility or starting a family. For our donors, knowing they helped someone in need is such a rewarding feeling.
How Can I Get Involved?
This National Fertility Week we want to encourage men who are between the ages of 18 and 45, who are in good health, to apply to be sperm donors. Without the dedication of our donors, we wouldn’t be able to do our great work.
If you’re interested in becoming a sperm donor, apply online today. Or contact our team at 0345 266 0020 for more advice on the sperm donation process.