Tens of thousands of donor-conceived children grew up thinking they'd never know their biological fathers. Now, they have a chance to.
Because of the increasing popularity of genetic testing sites like 23andMe, in the past two or three years a whole new category of people, including those who never knew they were conceived via donor insemination, are reaching out to half siblings who may have already connected with others in their extended biological family.
As genetic testing becomes more widespread, parents are finding that sperm used in artificial insemination did not come from the donors they chose.
For generations, it was a basic tenet of donating sperm: Clinics could forever protect their clients’ identities.
But, increasingly, donor anonymity is dead.
For companies that are expected to bring life into the world, they face very little government regulation and largely handle sperm behind closed doors with little checks or balances.
Thanks to advances in medical science, more and more professional women are using sperm banks to fulfil their dreams of motherhood. Casilda Grigg reveals the human stories behind a reproductive revolution.
Sperm banks are barely regulated, a situation that can lead to everything from an increase in hereditary conditions to accidental incest.
"The technology that enables today’s sperm banks was developed in the 1950s," Northeastern's Swanson writes. "What has changed in the intervening half century is the legal, social, and political context for using frozen semen, not human biology."
Many people want a pandemic baby, but some sperm banks are running low. So women are joining unregulated Facebook groups to find willing donors, no middleman required.
Yes I’ve heard all the jokes. So, if it suits you, of course I’ll say that I went to a sperm bank ‘single handed’ and it was all done on a ‘first cum first served’ basis. But the truth is that donating the most productive of my bodily fluids was nothing like what you might think.
To a young guy with not much money, sperm donation seems too good to be true. It pays well and requires you to do nothing more than what you'd be doing anyway. And if you happen to help a childless couple along the way, that's just icing on the cake.
The rates of infertility are worsening—a problem truly shared by both men and women. That’s why we set out to provide a modern, accessible solution to taking charge of male fertility. Dadi ensures that couples can use healthy, younger sperm when they’re ready to start a family, putting you in charge of your own future.
Sperm Donation USA was founded in order to create a safe and professional environment for sperm donors and recipients in the United States to connect. We as a community do our best to screen donors and recipients to keep both parties safe.
Cryobiology, Inc. was founded in 1989 by a PhD lab director in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) in response to a demand for reliably high quality, tested and quarantined anonymous donor sperm samples. Over the years, we have continued to adapt to the changing needs of all those who wish to build a family using donor sperm.
Our highly trained and compassionate staff provides a variety of services from assistance with donor selection, to genetic counseling, to private storage for semen, eggs, and embryos.