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Searching for a Sperm Donor Online: Is It Worth It?

May 15, 2020
Kylie Manuppelli

Private sperm donation outside of licensed clinics has gained more popularity in recent years. For those seeking a sperm donor through online forums and matching services, it is important to have an understanding of the benefits and risks. In this article, we’ll discuss the answers to the following questions:

  • What does it mean to find an online sperm donor?
  • What are the benefits of seeking a sperm donor online?
  • What risks might I face in selecting a sperm donor online?

What Does It Mean to Find an Online Sperm Donor?

As we move further into the digital age, an increasing amount of websites and services have become available for those interested in sperm donation. Matching websites such as Pride Angel help connect those seeking sperm donation with private donors or co-parents online. Additionally, social media platforms like Facebook have also begun to foster matchmaking for private sperm donation through various DIY sperm donor groups.

A woman is conducting an online search on her laptop.
Emerging online services aim to connect women with private sperm donors. Having a balanced perspective of the risks and benefits of online sperm donation is important in deciding whether or not this option is best for you and your family.

What Are the Benefits of Seeking a Sperm Donor Online?

Aside from private sperm donation providing a relatively cheaper option, many women seeking a sperm donor express a desire to actually get to know and trust their donor. Because clinics don’t always offer extensive details on potential donors, private arrangements allow an opportunity for face-to-face meetings to establish relationships. There are also benefits in terms of the child learning about their father at an earlier age than he or she may be legally allowed to if sperm donation is done through a clinic. Despite media portrayals of online sperm donation highlighting “rogue breeders” and scandals, many sperm donors are actually motivated to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

What Risks Might I Face In Selecting a Sperm Donor Online?

Though some donors may volunteer their health information, there is generally a lack of medical screening undergone by donors using online services relative to clinical services. Also, clinics are able to place limits on the amount of children that can be conceived with one donor’s sperm to minimize the risk of unintentional incestous relationships. Because online arrangements do not necessarily allow for these same limits, it is crucial for recipients and donors to have open conversations. Due to differing regulations between clinical sperm banks and private donation, it is also important to decide whether or not you will need to establish any personal contracts or expectations as a legal safeguard. 

If you are considering online services in your search for a sperm donor, remember to carefully explore the benefits and risks that it poses for you and your family. Should you decide it is the best option, be sure to research which services are safe and seek medical advice when necessary.

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