New Delhi: Impressed by the unique idea of donating sperm to earn extra pocket money after watching the film ‘Vicky Donor’, you are required to give a second thought as a huge difference lies between the real and the reel depiction.

What is most frustrating that a donor in the capital is paid a meager sum of Rs 300-400 by various sperm banks in exchange when Dr Archana Dhawan Bajaj of Nature IVF clinic agrees to the fact and says, “The storyline of Vicky Donor is far from reality.

After watching the Ayushman Khurana and Yamini Gautam starrer movie, ‘Vicky Donor,’ youth seems to be inspired to donate their sperms to get easy money.

Dr Bajaj said, “Initially we used to receive 3-4 calls per day for donating sperms , but now the number has gone up to 45-50 calls per day of which 90 percent calls are of youth.”

According to Dr Bajaj, the youth who are eager to donate sperms are not aware that the sperms are not donated in in-vitro fertility (IVF) clinics but in sperm banks. There are only a few sperm banks operating in Delhi; Cryobank and Vardhman to name a few.

Dr Bajaj says, “When the sperm bank sells the sperm to our clinic at Rs 800 to Rs 900, than how can it pay Rs 10,000-15,000 to the sperm donor!”

Cryobank chief Dr RK Mutreja said, “Getting Rs 10,000 for a sperm is a distant dream as there is no set pattern of payment for sperm under the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).”

He adds, a payment of just Rs 200-300 is made to the sperm donor as travel expenses for visiting the sperm bank.

 

ICMR guidelines for sperm donation
• Only a healthy and uninfected person can donate sperm
• The person must be between 21- 45 years of age
• A person can donate sperm again after a gap of three months
• The name and identity of the donor is kept secret
• A person cannot donate his sperm more than ten times
Before sperm donation
• Donor’s profile is prepared including his family and social background, religion, complexion, weight, height and profession.
• The donor undergoes complete health check-up including HIV, thalassemia, hepatitis and cancer besides a heart check up.
• After the complete health check-up, a donor donates his sperm which is stored in a freeze in a sperm bank.
• The donor again undergoes complete health check-up to ensure a healthy body and after this, the sperm is donated to a centre.

(JPN/Bureau)