Why Chinese sperm banks want university students to donate


The appeals to donate sperm have become a trending topic on China’s Twitter-like Weibo with users discussing the issue. Chinese Sperm donation banks may be a means of income for college students while also helping to combat China’s declining fertility rate. Recently, a number of sperm donation clinics in China, including those in Beijing and Shanghai, have urged college students to donate sperm.

According to state media reports, users are talking about the nationwide calls for sperm donation on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter. Over 240 million people have viewed threads on the subject this week.

Among the first to appeal to university students for sperm donation was the Yunnan Human Sperm Bank in southwest China on February 2. The announcement introduced the benefits, registration conditions, subsidies and sperm donation procedures.

It prompted similar appeals from other sperm banks in other provinces and cities across China.

“Sperm banks in other places, including northwest China’s Shaanxi (province), have published similar appeals. The public was intrigued and the discussion became heated partly because the appeals were made after China’s population recorded a decrease in 2022, the first decline in six decades,” the state-run tabloid, Global Times, said in a report on Friday.

The requirements for donors varied between sperm banks.

Donors must be between the ages of 20 and 40, taller than 165 cm, free of infectious or genetic diseases, and either hold or be pursuing a degree, according to Yunnan’s sperm bank.

According to the GT report, “the donor needs to undergo a health check and those who qualify will make 8–12 donations, with a subsidy payment of 4,500 yuan ($664).”

The Chinese Shaanxi Sperm Banks stated that the subsidy for a full donation would be 5,000 Yuan ($734). That donors needed to be at least 168 cm tall.

While a sperm bank in Shanghai offered the highest subsidy of 7,000 yuan ($1000), another in Beijing may have had the strictest requirements: those who were bald, smoked or drank alcohol, had severe nearsightedness, or had high blood pressure did not qualify.

China’s population recorded negative growth for the first time in 61 years, decreasing by 850,000 in 2022.

The number of newborns on the mainland has dropping since 2017, after the figure reached 18.83 million in 2016.

China scrapped its decades-long one-child policy in 2015, allowing all couples to have two children. Followed it up In 2021 by allowing couples to have a third child. The change in policy, however, is yet to have the desired effect despite government initiatives.






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