Men could get £420 a month as new sperm bank appeals for donors

A state-of-the-art sperm bank has opened its doors in the UK and is on the lookout for donors. It is the first UK location from the world’s largest sperm and egg bank Cryos International, which is based in Denmark.

The location is equipped with VR headsets offering an immersive experience, with a premium subscription to an online porn site - following clinical research from Cryos that showed the use of VR porn can improve quality and increase sperm count by up to 50 per cent.

Before being accepted, donors will go through a thorough screening process that includes professional counselling, in order to ensure they are mentally fit and know what it means to become a donor. Donors are compensated £35 per donation. If three donations are made a week it means they can receive up to £420 a month. All eligible men can apply but the rigorous screening process means that only 5%-10% of those will be accepted as donors.

The centre is located near Manchester’s main university campuses, in Manchester Science Park. Its donation rooms feature gentle lighting and cosy soft furnishings.

The centre is now welcoming applications from men between the ages of 18 and 45. It is opening at a time of unprecedented demand for fertility services in the UK which has seen births from sperm donation triple since the turn of the millennium, despite donation numbers being at an all-time low.

This follows changes to the UK’s anonymity law which now allows children born from sperm and egg donation to find their donor’s name, birthday and last-known address once turning 18. Cryos International CEO Jacob Axel Nielsen said: “The opportunity to donate sperm and help someone fulfil the dream of having a child, is a feeling like no other, and as a sperm donor, you help people around the world with achieving their dream.

“At Cryos we focus on safety and transparency, and we make sure that, as a donor, you feel secure throughout the process. Whether donating is something you’ve been considering for a long time or a completely new idea, our welcoming team is ready to help guide you through the process with all the information and support you could require.”