There has been much discussion in the media lately about the possible increase in gamete donations, both eggs and sperm, due to the economic crisis. However, the reality is that we still have waiting lists of patients to enter our egg donation program.
It should be noted that only 20% of the women who consult for egg donation actually end up donating.
Sperm donation is much simpler and there are sperm banks with more than enough samples to meet the demand. We must also bear in mind that the need for donor sperm has been reduced by 80% since the introduction of ICSI or sperm microinjection, which is a technique that allows an egg to be fertilized with a single sperm, so that even men with severe seminal alterations can be fertilized with their own sperm.
At present, the main indication of donor sperm is for the treatment of women without a male partner.