Artificial Insemination and Sperm Banks: The Canadian Experience
The first artificial insemination in Canada was performed in 1968. We have calculated that there have been at least 1500 births by artificial insemination over the last decade. There are currently about fifteen nonprofit university affiliated fertility centers which practice artificial insemination. Four of these centers possess a liquid nitrogen bank and use frozen semen. The reasons generally cited for using these techniques are: The difficulty in recruiting donors; an inability to grant certain requests for insemination because the ideal donor could not be found; and in certain cases, desire to improve the husband’s semen as in the case of oligospermia, where the aim is to accumulate split ejaculate.
KeywordsArtificial Insemination Royal Commission Intrauterine Insemination CANADIAN Experience Ideal Donor
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