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Sperm donor shortage leaves women waiting two years

first_imgNZ Herald 22 October 2017Family First Comment: Fortunately, men seem to be understanding the long-term ramifications of this process – both for themselves and for the child who will want to know their biological father one day. But this bit is interesting…“We’ve always had heterosexual couples and lesbian couples looking for sperm donor treatment but the biggest phenomenal change has been in the number of single women coming.”But fathers matter…Fatherlessness is an issue for children.Sperm donors are in hot demand with the shortage of donors the worst it has ever been in New Zealand.About 450 women are on the waiting list for a donor at Fertility Associates, which has clinics throughout the country, with the wait time sitting at about two years.At Auckland’s Fertility Plus the wait time is just as long and there is an official wait list of about 40 women but scientific director Margaret Merrilees said she believed there were many more women who would put their names forward if there were more donors.“We are desperately short of donors,” she said.Medical director of Fertility Associates Auckland Simon Kelly said women waiting for donor sperm for IVF treatment could expect to wait about a year while the wait for women wanting sperm to be inserted straight into the uterus to allow for a more natural impregnation was about two years.He said the shortage was the worst it had ever been despite having seen an increase in donors in recent years.Single women looking to start a family on their own were behind the growing demand, he said.“It’s a change in society. A lot more women in their mid-to-late 30s are coming in as single women looking for treatment. People are leaving having families until later and that’s reflected in the numbers of single women we are seeing.”Kelly said they had noticed a “dramatic” increase in demand from single women during the last four or five years, he said.“We’ve always had heterosexual couples and lesbian couples looking for sperm donor treatment but the biggest phenomenal change has been in the number of single women coming.”The long wait time meant the clinic often encouraged women to see if they could find their own personal donor to speed up the process, he said.Kelly estimated another 200 sperm donors would be needed just to cope with the current demand but said that would involve screening double the number of men to find enough suitable donors.He said the clinic usually had about 50 donors at any one time. Under New Zealand law donors could provide sperm to up to five families. Since the clinic was set up in 1987 more than 2000 men had donated sperm, he said.The law in New Zealand also stipulated donors could be compensated for expenses like travel and parking but could not be paid for donating. It was also an open process which meant once the child turned 18 they were able to access their records and get in touch with their biological father.Kelly said both of those factors made it harder to attract sperm donors.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?objectid=11934847&ref=twitterlast_img read more

In W. Visayas, recovery count exceeds active COVID-19 cases

first_imgILOILO City – The total number of patients who recovered from coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crossed the number of active cases in Western Visayas for the first time since the start of the outbreak in March. COVID-19 is caused by a member of the coronavirus family that has never been encountered before. Like other coronaviruses, it has transferred to humans from animals. * Capiz – six Specimens from these latest patients were tested at the Western Visayas Medical Center sub-national laboratory in Iloilo City, Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital (CLMMRH) Molecular Laboratory in Bacolod City, Qualimed Hospital Molecular Laboratory, and the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital Molecular Laboratory in Silay City, Negros Occidental. * Aklan – six WHO said about 80 percent of people who get COVID-19 experience a mild case – about as serious as a regular cold – and recover without needing any special treatment. They were the following: * 70-year-old-male from Jaro, Iloilo City (Patient No. 732) * Negros Occidental – 32 * Iloilo City – 49 About one in six people, the WHO said, become seriously ill. The elderly and people with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, or chronic respiratory conditions, are at a greater risk of serious illness from COVID-19./PN * Guimaras – zero Here’s the breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Region 6 as of Monday: * Iloilo Province – 67center_img According to the WHO, the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. These three deaths brought to 15 the number of Region 6 residents who succumbed to the viral disease. * Antique – 15 The number of deaths was relatively low vis-à-vis the 797 recorded COVID-19 cases in Western Visayas, which is comprised of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental provinces as well as the highly urbanized cities of Iloilo and Bacolod. The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared COVID-19 a pandemic. * Repatriates – 595 Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, head of the Local Health Support Division of the DOH-6, also noted the passing of two COVID-19 patients on Sunday and another yesterday. * 64-year-old male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 754) * Bacolod City – 27 The total number of recoveries now stands at 471 after 58 additional survivors were recorded on Monday, July 20, according to the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6 in COVID-19 Case Bulletin No. 116. However, the latest data also bared 34 new confirmed cases, pushing the total number to 797. * 52-year-old male from Sta. Barbara, Iloilo (Patient No. 336)last_img read more

Clonmel stay top with two games left

first_imgThe win for Clonmel cements their position at the top of the table with just two games to go. Ronan Quirke was in Tralee for Tipp FM Sport: https://soundcloud.com/tippfmradio/ronan-quirkes-report-from-traleeWhile in Jimmy Slattery Park it finished St Senans 15 Kilfeacle and District 3.last_img

AYC 2015 final preview: Senegal say no to double Nigeria victory

first_imgCoach of hosts Senegal, Joseph Koto, cannot wait to battle Nigeria in the final of the U-20 African Youth Championship on Sunday in Dakar.The Nigerians are the only team to have beaten the junior Teranga Lions in the tournament – a 3-1 defeat that came in the opening game. It was Senegal’s first ever game in the history of the competition which the Flying Eagles have won a record six times.A draw and two wins later, Koto wants see whether the Nigerians deserved their win over his team.Speaking after the Lion cubs beat the impressive Mali 2-1 in the semi-finals on Wednesday, the former Teranga Lions boss praised his players and asserted that the defensive frailties ruthlessly exploited by Nigeria have now been fixed.”The match was 50-50 and my players did very well to win. Football is not a science and I congratulate my team for a good job.” Koto said in his reaction to the Mali game.”Our defence improved today compared to the previous where they fumbled under pressure. Also, our goalkeeper, Ibrahim Sy had a good day but he was largely assisted by the impregnable backline. “I’m happy to play Nigeria again in the final and this is an opportunity to judge whether they are better than us. If they beat us again, then I will congratulate them.”Despite being rated as one of Africa’s top footballing nations, Senegal have never won a football competition on the continent and Koto feels this is about the time to cross the Rubicon. He has called on his countrymen to flood the Stade Leopold Sedar Senghor to support the team to victory.”Senegal needs an African title and I’m urging all the fans to come to the stadium on Sunday (March 22) to support the boys to victory.”His skipper Roger Gomis has also promised fireworks against the Manu Garba-led Flying Eagles.”We did what the coach told us to do and this resulted in the victory (over Mali). We wanted to win the game and we succeeded. We were not under any form of pressure. The fans will see a different team for the final on Sunday because we are more than motivated to win the ultimate.” Gomis said. Ghana will play a third/fourth place match before the final.–last_img read more

Bridging funding for Columbia River Crossing

first_imgKnock aside the steel beams and concrete, and there’s just one thing that the Columbia River Crossing will be built upon: money.And one of the largest public works projects in the Pacific Northwest has an unusual plan to get that money — one that relies on the federal government, two states and local tolls to pay the estimated $2.63 billion to $3.76 billion price tag.The CRC is coming of age in an era where paying for big infrastructure projects is growing increasingly difficult, so having a diversified portfolio works in the project’s favor, Director Nancy Boyd said. Not one partner — the states, the feds or the commuters — could pay for this by themselves, she said.“With the current state of the economy, trying to finance a project of this magnitude in any of those realms alone couldn’t be done,” Boyd said. “In my mind, you have to have all three.”U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made it clear he’s a fan of the project, and President Barack Obama has mentioned it in his memos. A steady stream of state legislators on both sides of the Columbia River have said they’re also for seeing a new Interstate 5 bridge, light rail into downtown Vancouver and up to seven interchange improvements over five miles.last_img read more