Huaxi No. 2 Hospital opened Sichuan's first and only legal (human) sperm bank this month. The Sichuan Sperm Bank is the 17th sperm bank in the country.
The center has four "sperm collection rooms" or "masturbatoriums," as they're known in U.S. English, that, according to a QQ article, "take into account the sperm donor's habits and comforts during the process" of donating.
Donors can choose a room with a chair or a room with a hospital-style "sofa." Each room is furnished with a TV that can play the sexy-sounding "physiology education films." The article adamantly points out that in accordance with sperm bank rules, only one person is allowed in each 10sqm room at any given time.
Donors are required to wash their hands prior to beginning the donation process, and to this end, a sink is located adjacent to the rooms, and imported liquid hand soap is provided with a poster depicting seven steps to clean hands.
National health-department law states that donors may donate only one time per sperm bank and the donation may be used to impregnate a maximum of five women, presumably to decrease occurrences of consanguinity. The identity of donors and recipients is kept strictly confidential.
The Sichuan Sperm Bank requires that donors be between the ages of 22 and 45, possess at minimum a three-year college degree, and undergo physical, blood, semen, and chromosome tests. The examination process takes approximately one month.
A widely spread Internet joke that says that the opening of the sperm bank indicates that "losers' time to rise up" has come and that a man who donates 138 times could afford to make a down payment on a 100 sqm flat in Guangzhou.
But an employee of the Sichuan Sperm Bank quickly quashed that notion by explaining that one donation consists of 50 mL of semen. The average ejaculation is 2 to 6 mL, requiring eight to 12 visits with five to seven days between each visit. Each time the donor is remunerated 200 to 300 yuan.
A doctor at the sperm bank explained that there has been a shortage of sperm reserves in Sichuan. Donor recipients began registering in 2008; currenly, there are 800 couples awaiting sperm donation. This article states that three donations are needed in Chengdu per day to keep up with demand, noting that the average quantity of sperm per mililiter of semen from men in Chengdu has decreased from 60 million to 15 million in the last 10 years, likely due to a changing lifestyle that includes long hours sitting at the computer, irregular sleeping schedules, and increased use of substances. A white paper is currently being written on the subject.
The sperm bank's recipients will be infertile (heterosexual) couples. Among such couples, 40 percent of males are infertile.
China's first sperm bank opened in 2001. In Chengdu, a sperm bank opened in 1999, seeking donations in three categories: "intellectual," "celebrity," and "enterprise" but its activities were suspended shortly thereafter as national standards for sperm donation were developed.
The Sichuan Sperm Bank doctor encourages all eligible men to participate in this "act of charity."