The survey of Salford men was done in order to raise awareness and launch a new campaign called `Have You Got The Balls?', which aims to encourage Salford men to donate sperm to the one in six couples who require fertility treatment in the UK.
The National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) is a national charity targeting 500 sperm donors to help couples in need, and its survey also showed that a fifth of Salford's men would be willing to do this, while over a third said that they would possibly donate after further consideration - compared with only a quarter of men nationally.
"As our research shows, men view their sperm count and ability to have children as crucially important in life" says Laura Witjens, Chair of the National Gamete Donation Trust "Our Have You Got the Balls? campaign aims to get men in Salford thinking about sperm donation. In the UK there are hundreds of couples who need a sperm donor to help them conceive the child they long for so much, either because of infertility or genetic disease. These couples rely on men stepping forward as sperm donors."
Sperm donation is arranged by local clinics and useful, impartial advice can be found at www.ngdt.co.uk. Alternatively, call 0845 226 9193, or text DONATE and your email address to 88802.
The NGDT is looking for men from all walks of life, aged 18-44 of any ethnicity and with a healthy medical record.
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