City fertility clinic’s appeal for donors

Rachel Cutting, Principal Embryologist at the Jessop maternity hospital's fertility unit
Rachel Cutting, Principal Embryologist at the Jessop maternity hospital's fertility unit
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A Sheffield fertility clinic is seeking donations of eggs and sperm to make up a shortfall and help couples to conceive more quickly.

The Jessop Fertility unit, based at the city’s Jessop wing hospital, needs donors to treat patients who have fertility problems, same-sex couples, or single people who need donor eggs or sperm.

Because of a national shortage, some patients wait up to six months for a donor, or even longer in the case of egg recipients.

Rachel Cutting, the clinic’s principal embryologist, said: “This shortfall in donors has been observed right across the UK in recent years and may be partly attributable to a change in the law in 2005 which allows donor-conceived people to have access to identifying details of their donors when they reach the age of 18.

“However, times change and nowadays we find that those men and women who do come forward to donate appreciate that for some young people, finding the ‘missing piece of the jigsaw’ is really important and helps them to establish a stronger sense of identity.”

Prospective donors - men under 40 and women under 35 - should call 0114 2268050 or visit Jessop Fertility for more information.