Indians emerge as UK's largest ethnic group among newly registered sperm donors

Highlights:

  • Among the newly registered sperm donors in UK, Indians have emerged as the largest ethnic group.
  • According to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the independent regulator of fertility treatment in the UK , 52 Indians registered themselves to donate sperms in order to help childless couples across UK start a family between 2009 and 2013.
  • The number is higher than all other ethnic groups living in UK.
  • Only 13 donors were of Pakistani origin, 34 were Irish, 17 were Chinese, around 26 were black Africans while the list did not have a single Bangladeshi donor.
  • A single donor scientifically can help 10 families.
  • In UK, around one in seven couples have difficulty conceiving - numbering to 3.5 million people across the country.
  • Around 57 Indian women registered themselves as egg donors but were actually second only to Black Africans - 74 in the list.
  • Around 26 Pakistani women have volunteered to be egg donors besides five Bangladeshi women and 29 Chinese women.
  • The latest data comes days after it was revealed that nearly 1 in every 3 children in UK was born to foreign mothers in 2014.
  • The number of births has increased year on year too.
  • There is 581,800 more zero to six year olds in mid-2012 than there were in mid-2001.