Melbourne IVF is calling for sperm donations, saying supplies are dwindling.
The fertility clinic started an advertising campaign last month calling for Australian men to offer their services to help families conceive.
Melbourne IVF fertility specialist and Women’s Hospital head of reproductive services, Dr John McBain said recent changes to Victorian laws mean demand for IVF has increased.
“The number of men who have donated over the years has declined … and demand for donor sperm has increased due to new laws in Victoria allowing single women and women in same-sex relationships to access IVF programs in the state for the very first time,” he said.
“However, it does mean we will need more sperm donors in Victoria to cope with demand.”
The advertising campaign encourages men to donate, saying, “a donation won’t save a life, hopefully it will create one”.
McBain said the service relies on men’s “goodwill” for donations.
“In Australia, donating sperm is an altruistic gift so no payment can occur for the donation. However, expenses can be reimbursed,” he said.
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