HELP THE CHILDLESS – BECOME A DONOR

Involuntary infertility is a common problem. It has been estimated that about 15 percent of couples in Finland have not been able to conceive after one year of trying. Infertility treatments, such as insemination or in vitro fertilisation, can help most of these couples.

Among many couples, the cause for infertility is either abnormal reproductive cells or the complete lack of them. This is when help is needed from someone who could donate reproductive cells and thereby give the gift of new life.

WHEN ARE DONATED REPRODUCTIVE CELLS NEEDED?

Donated eggs or sperm are needed to help patients whose production of reproductive cells is severely disturbed. This can be caused for example by a genetic abnormality or previous cancer treatment, which has damaged these cells. In women, an operation of the ovaries due to endometriosis or a tumour could lead to an early decline in the function of the ovaries.

Donated reproductive cells can also be needed when a person is a carrier of a serious hereditary disease. In addition, female couples and single women need donated sperm in order to become pregnant.

WHO CAN DONATE?

YOU CAN DONATE OOCYTES, IF

  • you are healthy
  • you are 22-35 years old
  • you are a non-smoker
  • your body mass index (BMI) is 32 at the most
  • you or your closest family do not carry any hereditary diseases
  • mandatory infection tests are negative
  • you are participating from a desire to help
  • preferably you have biological children, but this is not a requirement.

YOU CAN DONATE SPERM, IF

  • you are healthy
  • you are 20-45 years old
  • you are a non-smoker
  • your sperm survives the freezing adequately
  • you or your closest family do not carry any hereditary diseases
  • mandatory infection tests are negative
  • you are participating from a desire to help

LEGISLATION

A donor of reproductive cells must always consent to that their personal data is notified to the donor registry upheld by Valvira (National Supervisory Authority for Welfare and Health).

In Finland, a person born from donated reproductive cells has, after turning 18, the right to find out the identity of the donor. This means that the child could contact the donor in the future. The donor of the cells has no judicial rights or obligations towards the child.

YOU CAN HELP

A fifth of all infertility treatments in Finland are carried out with donated eggs/sperm. The line to the treatment is long since there is a continuous lack of donor cells. The more donors there are, the quicker we can offer help for the patients. HUS Sperm and Egg Bank has been established to help anyone desiring to fulfil their dream of having a child of their own. The donor's expenses will be covered. As donated sperm and oocytes are used within HUS, this enables fertility treatments with donated cells in public health care.

Could you possibly donate your egg cells/sperm to someone else?

Could you possibly give the gift of new life?

CONTACT INFORMATION

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SPERM AND EGG BANK

Tilkan Viuhka
Mannerheimintie 164 a
tel. 09 471 72607 oocyte donation
tel. 09 471 72606 sperm donation
sukusolupankki@hus.fi

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