April 17, 2023
So, you need donor sperm?
Donor sperm can be acquired in three ways:
I recognize that getting donor sperm from a bank or going through the directed sperm donor screening process (i.e. #1 and 2 above) comes with cost and time, but it’s safe. To the best science can do, we reduce/eliminate the risk genetic and infectious disease transmission and our process ensures the parent and the children are legally protected. The same cannot be said about #3 unless it gets switched to #2 - directed sperm donation.
I was just looking at an app that matches sperm donors. The people seeking sperm donors look just like our patients: single women, lesbian couples, trans men, and others. The donors were gay men and straight men wanting to donate. Many of the donors didn’t seem clear on whether they want a parental role, though I suppose that would be defined once a connection is made.
There is no doubt a way to make sperm donation from a connection make through an app or website (#3) safe, but it ultimately ends up looking like “directed sperm donation” through a clinic.
So, my advice is that if you decide to access a sperm donor from app or social media site, consider still going through a clinic like Olive for directed sperm donor screening and get a lawyer who will protect you, the donor and your child legally.
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