Mike had recently married and they were trying to start a family, but using donor sperm as he had been left infertile following cancer treatment in his teens.
At the age of 15, Mike became aware that he had colitis. He was put on medication but told that if he ever wanted to have children, he should let his doctors know, as he could not have them while on that drug. In his early thirties he developed bowel cancer and had to have an operation and treatment that left him infertile. He had some sperm samples frozen at the time, but he was in his mid-thirties at the time of the operation, and had been on strong medication for almost twenty years. He was in his late 40s when he married a woman 17 years younger than him, and wanted to start a family. They defrosted the sperm, but they were poor quality. So Mike and his wife have decided to try IUI with donor sperm. At the time of the interview, he was waiting for the results of their first cycle. Mike was not bothered about using donor sperm, as he wanted his wife to have a healthy baby and feared that his sperm would be weak and damaged from the strong medicine, even if they had survived the de-frosting.