We are now facing a national shortage of sperm donors and donor sperm. Why? Opinion remains divided. The media points to the removal of anonymity for sperm donors in 2005, but research by the HFEA suggests that the decline started before the ban on anonymity was lifted. However, it seems only logical that, with no anonymity and no payment (other than reasonable expenses) for sperm donation, there is little incentive to act as a donor, and the rate seems set only to fall further.
This places the medical profession, and the British public, in a conundrum, as demand for assisted fertility and IVF continues to soar. British women are, increasingly, turning to sperm donors abroad, with Denmark becoming very popular. The difference? Sperm donors in Denmark are guaranteed anonymity.