Testicle test: Chinese fertility center holds competition for ‘best sperm’
- The Human Sperm Bank of Shanghai is holding the competition for students
- The fertility center hopes to encourage donors and promote reproductive health
- The competition will judge who has the highest number and the ‘most beautiful’ sperm
A Chinese sperm bank is holding a competition for students to see who has the best quality sperm.
The Human Sperm Bank of Shanghai is trying to recruit donors and promote reproductive health with the summer competition.
Launched on July 12, the competition is free for students in Shanghai aged 20 to 45.
A Chinese sperm bank is holding a competition for students to see who has the best quality sperm
Their names are not made public and determine who has the highest concentration of sperm, the most viable sperm and who has the ‘most beautiful’ sperm.
While there is no prize other than bragging rights for the winners, the sperm bank hopes to sign them up as donors and offer them payment for their donations.
Entrants must be Chinese citizens residing in Shanghai, have a university degree and be at least six feet tall.
People with a history of genetic diseases or sexually transmitted diseases are not allowed in.
Chen Xiangfeng, a doctor from Renji Hospital in charge of the fertility center, told The Paper, according to: The Global Times: ‘Since the start of the activity, there are many students who want to participate and their information is treated confidentially.’
The doctor added that the goal of the competition is not to collect sperm, but to raise awareness of reproductive health, saying, “Don’t wait until you’ve reached childbearing age.”
The Human Sperm Bank of Shanghai is trying to recruit donors and promote reproductive health with the summer competition
If the contest participants also want to donate their sperm, the bank will also register them if they meet the requirements.
They must have a minimum sperm concentration of 60 million per milliliter of semen and will have to go to the bank several times within six months.
Donors are offered grants for food and transport, the amount depending on the number of donations and the quality of the sperm, up to a fee of £850.
The number of sperm donors eligible for the bank has fallen in recent years.
Amid the shortage of donations and a general decline in male sperm counts worldwide, Chinese fertility centers are offering more incentives to encourage donations.
The sperm bank in Shanghai has been posting every month about the best sperm it has received.
In June, the highest recorded sports fan was with 282 million sperm per milliliter, about 19 times the normal level.
The winner in all categories last month was a man with 208 million sperm per milliliter and 76 percent motility, more than double the normal level.
In the past five years, half of the donors to the sperm bank in Shanghai have been students.
The overall qualification rate was around 30 percent.
The bank was the first of its kind in Shanghai and was established in 2003 and sent donations to 17 fertility centers in the city.