UK's largest sperm bank refuses donations from dyslexic men

The sperm bank is facing an investigation.

The UK's largest sperm bank has been criticised for turning away potential donors with dyslexia.

Harley Street's London Sperm Bank is being accused of discrimination by selectively rejecting donors with learning difficulties and other "mental and neurological" conditions.

A leaflet produced by the clinic explains their policy is intended to "minimise the risk of transmitting common genetic diseases or malformations to any children born."

The London Sperm Bank have not responded to requests for a comment on their position.

The fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has launched a review of the London Sperm Bank after being alerted to its practices by the Guardian. In a statement, the HFEA said:

The HFEA has never required or endorsed prohibiting people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD and other disorders from becoming sperm donors.


Fred Fisher, an Oxford graduate with dyslexia who first discovered the policy when he attempted to donate sperm, said he thinks it is utterly outrageous and offensive. Rags Martel reports.