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"Donor Babies" Are Sometimes Grandparents!

Wendy Kramer | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

It should be recognized that it's not just the donor conceived people who are becoming grandparents, it's also the donors, many of who donated back when they were in college.

Sperm Donor Siblings

Well Rounded NY | Posted 07.13.2016 | Parents
Well Rounded NY

By Brianne Croteau "I have two moms", my son, O, informed me recently. O is four-and-a-half years old and knows we are different from other families,...

A Multi-Billion-Dollar Unregulated Industry With No Oversight -- What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Many sperm and egg donors and recipients have been told by their doctors, fertility clinics, and sperm/egg banks that there are laws in effect prohibi...

A Brief History of Donor Conception

Wendy Kramer | Posted 05.10.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

1322: Artificial insemination (referred to as AI until the 1980s) was first used successfully by the Arabs on mares.

Sperm Donation Needs Federal Regulation

Wendy Kramer | Posted 04.27.2016 | Politics
Wendy Kramer

Too often the medical profile of a sperm donor is merely a snapshot of one day in the life of a healthy young man. It often doesn't reveal what will happen five or 10 years down the road to the donor or to members of his immediate family.

Thinking About Selling Your Sperm or Eggs?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 02.23.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

This kind of irresponsible advertising (from a NY sperm bank), only goes to show the lack of proper education given to prospective donors about decisions made now for a quick buck, that can affect them (and their families) for the rest of their lives.

Donor Conceived People Searching -- One Central Registry

Wendy Kramer | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Donor Sibling Registry "Copycat" Sites- Why Dilute the Search? Over the past decade or so, there have been a few Donor Sibling Registry (DSR) "copy...

An Open Invitation to All Sperm Banks

Wendy Kramer | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

I invite you to follow in the steps of many egg clinics and agencies, and offer your donors and parents the option of writing the Donor Sibling Registry into your sperm banking agreements - establishing anonymous (if desired) contact on the Donor Sibling Registry, right from the start.

The New "Check Box" That Needs to Be On Pediatrician's Forms

Wendy Kramer | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Pediatricians gather a multitude of information, including insurance, addresses, and phone numbers. Current pediatric intake forms may also ask other ...

DNA = Donors Not Anonymous

Wendy Kramer | Posted 11.25.2015 | Health News
Wendy Kramer

I can't help but wonder when the sperm banks and egg clinics will start acknowledging that there is no such thing as guaranteed donor anonymity.

NBC Story: 48 Donor Siblings and the ASRM

Wendy Kramer | Posted 11.06.2015 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

I feel that regulation and oversight of the infertility industry is a necessity, and would only improve this broken system, and help thousands of families who have used donor eggs and sperm to create their families.

Biology and Birth Certificates: Our Right to Accuracy

Wendy Kramer | Posted 10.16.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

Most U.S. citizens raised by their biological parents never question whether the information on their birth certificates is accurate. With the evolution of adoption and alternate means of conceiving a child, "accurate" is an increasingly subjective term.

Donor Families Connecting: Love or Fear?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 10.16.2016 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

Parents can, and should put the needs and desires of their children to seek out and connect with half siblings and/or donors, above their own fears. This is the ultimate sacrifice that parents make for their children. It is also the greatest gift we can give to our children, and to ourselves.

We Are Done Having Kids: Saying Goodbye to Sperm

The Next Family | Posted 10.14.2016 | Parents
The Next Family

We couldn't be more done having kids. Yet even with the genius findings of a naïve med student, it was hard for me to allow the fertility clinic to discard the vials of frozen sperm we had left in storage.

30k-60k US Sperm and Egg Donor Births Per Year?

Wendy Kramer | Posted 10.06.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

For more than a quarter of a century, '30,000 annual births' is still trotted out in academia, lectures and the media. Yet so much about donor insemination has changed during this time. Using either of the whole figures is scientifically unjustifiable, and the range is just as flawed.

Grandparents via Donor Conception

Wendy Kramer | Posted 09.28.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

There are significant cross-generational relationships that gamete donation has engendered that haven't yet been talked about. As donor conceived people and their donors (aka biological mothers and fathers) are finding each other more regularly through the Donor Sibling Registry and through DNA testing websites, there are members of a third generation that are also connecting- the grandparents.

Donor Conceived People and The Reproductive Medicine Industry Disconnect

Wendy Kramer | Posted 09.15.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

It's an innate human desire to want to know where we come from. It's important for both our medical and psychological well being to know about our biological first-degree relatives, our ancestry, our medical backgrounds, and our genetics.

Sisters Born of the Same Sperm: I Used a Disney Movie to Define Donor Siblings

The Next Family | Posted 08.18.2016 | Parents
The Next Family

Of course they look similar. Of course their wings light up when they are close to each other. Okay, that last one only happened to Tink and Peri, but the excitement of learning the bigger connection she has between herself and the girls is real.

Sperm Donors Who Wish to Remain Anonymous Just Shouldn't Donate.

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.28.2016 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

Some offspring do long to know their genetic parents. If relationships evolve after connecting, then that's icing on the cake for all involved. It's time that the rights of donor conceived people to search for, and connect with their first degree genetic relatives are acknowledged.

The Ethical Sperm Bank: An All-Open Sperm Bank. An Idea Whose Time Has Come

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Wendy Kramer

A cultural phenomenon is growing these days in the world of gamete donation. The voices of the donor-conceived are growing louder and clearer, and the vast majority express that knowing or having known the identity of their donors is better than not knowing.

Roots and Wings for Donor Offspring

Wendy Kramer | Posted 07.22.2016 | Parents
Wendy Kramer

Donor conception can be talked about openly and honestly between loving parents and their donor children. Telling is just the beginning though. And having a curious child in no way lessons your importance or significance as a parent. It is an innate human desire to want to know where we come from.

Finding Family Truths and Roots

Mirah Riben | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Mirah Riben

The 258-page book compiled by Wendy Kramer, the mother of a donor-conceived son and Naomi Cahn, family and reproductive law professor, helps blood-related kin navigate relationships unthought-of generations ago.

Film Review: Two Mothers or 'How Do Lesbian Birds Make Babies?'

Brandon Judell | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brandon Judell

Commencing in the first few minutes with tender lovemaking, the film quickly changes focus and concentrates on Isa's fruitless phone calls to various sperm banks everywhere from Munich to Hamburg.

Commercialized Conception Casualties: "Brave" Baby Making?

Mirah Riben | Posted 02.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Mirah Riben

Will baby-making simply continue in this wild-west fashion? Is having a baby a "right" for everyone and anyone who can afford it, no matter how it is accomplished, with the means determined only by what is possible?

Overcoming My Baby Urge

Mable Chan | Posted 05.12.2014 | Women
Mable Chan

It's not too late. No baby doesn't mean no mommy. If I can't be a mother at my age, I can be mentor at any stage.