According to CREA´S data, 14% of donors were Architecture students, followed by Medicine and Fine Arts (8%), Chemical Engineering, Business Administration, Biology (6%) and last ones with 2% Philosophy, Hispanic Literature or Psychology. That means that 66% of young university donors were from sciences studies. Another detail to remark is that male university population is more aware as 63% took part in a semen donation program, compared to 38% of females that engaged in an oocyte donation program.
CREA´s “Share Happiness” annual campaign aims to raise awareness among youngsters between 18 and 30 years of age to donate semen and oocytes, given the increasing demand from couples undergoing fertility treatments. The initiative is of great social value as it allows making happy other couples seeking to become parents.
As co-director of CREA Dr Miguel Ruiz Jorro indicates, gametes donation is an everyday issue. Nowadays 5% of births in Spain belong to children conceived by means of assisted reproduction techniques. Even more, approximately one in five couples of fertile age cannot achieve pregnancy on a natural way or gestation of the fetus till the end after more than a year trying. According to CREA, more than 25% of couples being treated at the clinic need either semen or oocytes from a donor. During the last five years, the percentage of couples requiring semen from a donor has duplicated, while the need for oocyte donations has increased in 12%.