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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

A’s do it again: Canha’s 3-run HR in 9th beats Giants 7-6

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 16th August, 2020 09:34 IST Last Updated: 16th August, 2020 09:34 IST A’s Do It Again: Canha’s 3-run HR In 9th Beats Giants 7-6 Mark Canha hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied late for the second straight game, slugging past the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Saturday night FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE COMMENTcenter_img Written By LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Mark Canha hit a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning and the Oakland Athletics rallied late for the second straight game, slugging past the San Francisco Giants 7-6 on Saturday night.A night earlier, Oakland rallied from a 7-2 deficit to win 8-7 in 10 innings after Stephen Piscotty’s tying grand slam in the ninth. The A’s are an AL-best 15-6 and have a three-game winning streak.The A’s quickly are making a habit of dramatic finishes — they’ve already had two walkoff grand slams.Marcus Semien hit a two-run homer and Matt Olson also connected for the A’s, who won for the 12th time in 14 games.Darin Ruf put San Francisco ahead 6-3 with a three-run shot in the seventh before the bullpen squandered it again.Trevor Gott (1-1) surrendered Sean Murphy’s leadoff homer in the ninth that started the latest A’s rally and a one-out double to Tony Kemp before walking Matt Olson, bringing up Canha.T.J. McFarland (2-0) recorded the final out of the eighth for the victory before Liam Hendriks closed it out for the second straight game and his seventh save.Giants starter Kevin Gausman struck out a career-high 11 over 5 2/3 innings. It marked his fourth double-digit strikeout game and first since April 17, 2019, against Arizona while with the Braves.Mike Yastrzemski hit a two-run triple in the fourth before scoring on shortstop Semien’s wild throw past Gold Glove third baseman Matt Chapman.Olson tied it in the sixth. Of his seven hits in 43 at-bats over his last 11 games all of those have cleared the fences.Left-hander Sean Manaea started a day earlier than scheduled for Oakland but is still searching for his first victory of 2020. He went 4-0 last September upon returning from shoulder surgery before losing the AL wild-card game to Tampa Bay.SPECIAL MOMENTA’s infield prospect Vimael Machin, the deisgnated hitter as Khris Davis got most of the day off, singled leading off the third for his first major league hit. He scored on Semien’s homer.MANAEA BY THE NUMBERSManaea reached five innings for the first time over his initial five starts and his first outing not surrendering four or more runs.That such streak of not getting through the fifth and giving up at least four runs was the second-longest to begin a season in A’s history — with the only longer stretch being five by Rick Langford in 1983.Manaea has allowed 20 runs so far.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: RHP opening day starter Frankie Montas was scheduled to play catch a day after he woke up with the stiffness in his back and lower neck and was scratched from his scheduled start. While he was better, manager Bob Melvin said it wasn’t worth pushing him and Montas would likely throw off a mound before pitching again — “Tuesday at the earliest” in Arizona, Melvin said. … LHP A.J. Puk, on the injured list and yet to appear this season because of a strained pitching shoulder, threw a 20-pitch bullpen Friday and is set for a 30-pitch session Monday. “They have it all mapped out,” Melvin said.Giants: OF Austin Slater returned to the lineup leading off as the designated hitter after missing the previous two games with a strained right elbow.UP NEXTRHP Logan Webb (1-1, 2.81 ERA) pitches the series finale for San Francisco opposite A’s RHP Mike Fiers (1-1, 6.86).Image credits: AP last_img read more