New Zealand's serious sperm shortage: 'It has become a continuous drought'



  • New Zealand's serious sperm shortage: 'It has become a continuous drought'

    New legislation making donation less attractive and a rise in demand from women has resulted in a two-year wait for sperm

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    When New Zealander Kathryn Heape realised the fairy tale of marriage and kids was taking its sweet time she took out an insurance policy and applied for donated sperm.

    “Since I was 10 years old, I just expected to have a baby when I grew up,” she says.

    “I’ve always wanted to be a mother, but the idea of going to a clinic for that never featured.”

    With the encouragement of her family and friends, Heape registered with a clinic. What she didn’t realise was that the current waiting list was up to two years.

    “I had no idea there was a shortage, that came as a real surprise. But it’s something out of my control, so I just tried to get on with life while I waited. I kept dating, still hoping to have a baby the traditional way.”

    New Zealand is in the grip of a sperm drought, with fertility counsellors saying long waiting times are putting significant strain on already stressed prospective mothers.

    “Increasingly we are hearing of New Zealand women travelling overseas for reproductive tourism,” said Dr Mary Birdsall, a fertility specialist with Fertility Associates.

    “It’s a very challenging situation. It’s challenging to recruit donors, and it is tough on the women who are psychologically and biologically ready to start a family, but can’t.”

    In 2004 the New Zealand government introduced legislation banning anonymous sperm donations and preventing donors from receiving any payment for their services.

    Donors in New Zealand have minimal costs covered (such as travel to the clinic) but are not compensated for their time, which after rigorous medical testing and counselling, can be significant.

    Under the new law, the sperm donor must also agree to being identified to any offspring when the child turns 18.

    A decline in sperm donations following the introduction of the legislation coincided with a sharp rise in same-sex and single women applying for donated sperm.

    Dr John Peek, general manager of Fertility Associates, New Zealand’s largest fertility clinic, said there is usually enough sperm in the country to treat about 80 families, but the number of people applying for the sperm is around four times that.

    “New Zealand has had a shortage of sperm donors for a long time,” said Peek.

    “I think rather than peaking it has become a continuous drought. Like climate change, it has become the new normal.”

    Fiona McDonald, a counsellor for fertility clinic Repromed in Auckland, says the lengthy waiting list for sperm is added pressure on New Zealand women, at what should be an exciting and positive time of their lives.

    “It is really hard for women whose biological clock is ticking and every month that goes past feels like an age,” she said.

    “They might already be in the 40s age bracket and time is crucial. Even six months could make the difference between having a child or not.”

    In 2015 Fertility Associates treated 300 women with donated sperm. Of those 35% were heterosexual couples with male infertility issues, 25% were lesbian couples and 40% were single women.

    McDonald said single women now make up the largest group seeking donated sperm at Repromed - and the first process in their journey is often grief counselling.

    “Some women feel a sense of shame at having to take this route to becoming a mother,” said McDonald.

    “One of the first steps is grieving, that life has not turned out how you hoped. You have not found a partner and you are having to embark on this journey towards becoming a parent on your own.”

    Dr Guy Gudex, medical director of Repromed, said his clinic needed to “seriously investigate” importing foreign sperm, as the drought showed no sign of abating.

    While Heape was on the waiting list Repromed advised her to approach her male friends about donating - to no avail. She also investigated New Zealand websites set up to acquire sperm, but found them “a bit dodgy”.

    “They’re not very professional. They can be a bit creepy even. There are men on there saying ‘I’ll help, but it has to be the old-fashioned way’. That’s not sperm donation, that’s sex.”

    In 2015 the Advisory Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ACART) advised the New Zealand government that foreign sperm and eggs should be allowed into New Zealand and subject to the same rules that apply to local donors.

    Comparable countries like Australia and England allow the importation of foreign sperm, and demand is growing from Kiwi women that New Zealand should follow suit.

    The ACART report found many New Zealand women were already travelling overseas to procure sperm, but time, cost and murky trans-border legislation meant it was not a viable option for most.

    The report was delivered to the health minister at the beginning of 2015. A spokesperson from the ministry said it expected the minister to assess the report by the end of 2016.

    Peek said his clinic could not explore overseas options until the minister ruled on import and export legislation, but it was “difficult not to say yes” to women who were increasingly desperate.

    Heape is supportive of New Zealand allowing the importation of foreign sperm, but says New Zealand men should be better educated about donation first – and better compensated for their time if they do donate.

    After a year’s wait, Heape was given the choice between two sperm donors. She was attracted to one because “he was more open to being contacted” before the child’s 18th birthday.

    On her first try earlier this year, Heape fell pregnant. She says she is “tired but ecstatic”.

    So far, the process has cost her NZ$14,000 (£6,700).

    “A few people said to me ‘have a one-night stand’ when they found out about the waiting list,” said Heape.

    “But I don’t want that to be my child’s conception story. When they arrive, I want them to know they were created in the best possible way, by two consenting adults.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/sep/15/new-zealands-serious-sperm-shortage-it-has-become-a-continuous-drought



  • In 2015 Fertility Associates treated 300 women with donated sperm. Of those 35% were heterosexual couples with male infertility issues, 25% were lesbian couples and 40% were single women.

    The 35% heterosexual couple's problem is understandable.

    But what the hell is wrong with the 65% of their women? Why they can't reproduce naturally with a legitimate male partner?



  • newzelandi could contact pakistani for sperm shortage, Here due to high rate of masturbation excess sperm go to washroom.... washroom and gutter become grave yard of sperm



  • @shafiq12 said in New Zealand's serious sperm shortage: 'It has become a continuous drought':

    newzelandi could contact pakistani for sperm shortage, Here due to high rate of masturbation excess sperm go to washroom.... washroom and gutter become grave yard of sperm

    Pakistan's Foreing Exchange Reserves will soar to new peaks!



  • @ SD

    This has been posted in the Category "Pakistan Politics"......Has the topic anything to do with Pakistan Politics????



  • The problem with Pakistani sperms would be that they will produce children with Pakistani genetic features. Like the sons of Imran Khan.

    But these white women wants pure white children from white men but without a natural process, but can't find enough white male sperm donors.

    What a degenerated society they have become. Now they want to manufacture their children like chicken in a poultry farm. Soon there will be human breeding farms available in the west where you can have designer babies placed on order.



  • @anjaan

    That's the default category actually. Let the admin put it in the right category.



  • "The problem with Pakistani sperms would be that they will produce children with Pakistani genetic features. Like the sons of Imran Khan."

    The discussion has now degenerated into this...........What a pity!



  • Coming back to the topic...

    One very disturbing fact from these kind of stories we get is that the west has completely destroyed the institution of marriage in their society. People there no more believe in marrying a life long partner and reproducing naturally from that marriage.

    Although the desire to reproduce and to have offspring is still there but since the institution of marriage is totally destroyed, the ways and means to reproduce are changing rapidly. Therefore west is now producing bastards at the highest rate anywhere in the world.



  • Therefore west is now producing bastards at the highest rate anywhere in the world

    There is obviously a league table available. Please publish it here. I would like to find out where East is on the league table, as the highest position is gone now!



  • "New Zealand's serious sperm shortage: 'It has become a continuous drought'"

    None of our problem.



  • how could we leave newzeland in this diffcult situation. This is our problem.



  • @shafiq12 said in New Zealand's serious sperm shortage: 'It has become a continuous drought':

    how could we leave newzeland in this diffcult situation. This is our problem.

    You are a very kind and considerate person!



  • "Therefore west is now producing bastards at the highest rate anywhere in the world."

    This is old and ancient mindset that has no place in the modern world. Why would a child be less of a human than others just because his/her parents didn't go to a church or a mosque and completed a marriage ritual. After all, it's just a ritual meant to pronounce to the world that the man and women are in a relationship. There are other ways to convey the same message to the society. If there is a God, he would know about that even if a couple exchanges vows privately without throwing a party. There is no need to invite god or a moulvi in the bedroom.

    This is what a lot of people think about marriage:

    "Mariage is an institution of learning in which a man loses his bachelor’s degree and his wife acquires a master’s."



  • bastard are very intelligent than suckers who are produce in family system. Mothers usaully destroy character of child. He could not make his decisions. remain a laibiltty in whole life. It is like once a child is born in Khusra family they killed the child after so much licking.



  • @shafiq12 jee

    "how could we leave newzeland in this diffcult situation. This is our problem"

    Sure, Pakistanis will love to help the Kiwis. Let New Zealanders declare 'no visa' for Pakistanis and see the TAMASHA.



  • Kiwis need Vicky donor :)



  • @Shafiq12 jee!

    "It is our problem". A small sentence a great remedial proposal. Mass migration of Pakistanis to NZ, mass pregnancies of New Zealand's helpless ladies. Kudos.



  • گورے کی خباثت تو ذرا چیک کرو کہ اس نے انسانوں کا بھی پولٹری فارم بالآخر بنا ہی دیا۔

    اسپرم کسی کا، انڈہ کسی اور کا اور پیٹ کسی غریب و مجبور عورت کا۔

    یعنی اب تین نامعلوم افراد جن کا آپس میں کوئی تعلق اور رشتہ ہی نہیں وہ مل کر ایک نئی زندگی کو جنم دیتے ہیں۔

    یہ غیر فطری انسانی نسل ایک ٹائم بامب ہے جو آنے والے پچیس تیس سالوں میں پھٹنا شروع ہو جائے گی۔