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Sperm Donation

Sperm Donor #4282: A Love Story

Betsy Boyd | Posted 02.15.2014 | Women
Betsy Boyd

In the last year, over the course of four IUIs (intrauterine inseminations) and one IVF (in-vitro fertilization) procedure, I have purchased millions of sperm "donated" by men whose names, ages and places of birth remain unknown to me.

Is the Movie Delivery Man Plausible?

Naomi Cahn | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents
Naomi Cahn

Outside of Hollywood, what happens when large groups of donor siblings search and find one another? While incorporating the reality of one or two new family members into your life seems daunting, the possibility of encountering twenty, fifty, one hundred, or even more is probably downright frightening.

My 40th Birthday Wish: A Baby

Kim Lute | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Kim Lute

Cupcakes with pink and blue frosting curlicues imitating sperm (a nod to the party's missing guest) and mini quiches (because it only makes sense to pay homage to "eggs" at a sperm donor fete) rounded out a menu for guests who helped my cousin choose a father, err... a donor.

Babies! The Natural Next Step Following Same-Sex Marriage

Nathan M. Schaefer | Posted 11.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Nathan M. Schaefer

The state of New York has a draconian law on the books that currently makes it extremely challenging for couples to have full legal protection over their children, whether they're adopting, using a gestational carrier or have no biological ties to the child they're raising.

Occupation: Sperm Donor

David Macaray | Posted 10.14.2013 | Comedy
David Macaray

There's a growing number of women out there who are looking for accomplished men to father their children. This is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed of. After all, which would you rather be the mother of -- a certified genius or gifted athlete, or a fry cook?

WATCH: 'Survivor' Winner Got Surprise Decades After Sperm Donation

OWN | Posted 08.28.2013 | OWN

Long before Richard Hatch received $1 million for winning the first season of "Survivor," he was a college student looking to make some extra money. O...

Splish-Splash My DNA: Artificial Insemination

Emma Tattenbaum-Fine | Posted 05.18.2013 | Gay Voices
Emma Tattenbaum-Fine

It is at the core of me and my generally sardonic outlook that the first moment of my creation happened by way of a stranger masturbating into a cup, and the second involved my mother and a glorified turkey baster.

Dear Prudence, My Wife Is My Sister

The Huffington Post | Megan Griffo | Posted 02.21.2013 | Weird News

One man has reportedly just found out that he and his wife, the mother to his three children, are half-siblings -- but he has yet to tell her the news...

Sperm Donor: I Shouldn't Have To Pay Child Support

Posted 01.08.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A sperm donor in Kansas is fighting an effort to force him to pay child support for a child conceived through artificial insemination by a lesbian cou...

Aging Sperm? Not the World's End

Elizabeth Gregory | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Gregory

Judith Shulevitz's recent New Republic essay on how later parenthood is "upending American society" claims that delaying kids could lead us down a rabbit hole of genetic decline. The piece gathers much of its energy from new studies suggesting that male sperm quality decays with age.

Sperm Donation Is Now Hands Free

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 09.25.2012 | Weird News

When it comes to sperm donation, these scientists are trying to give you a hand. Researchers at Zhengzhou Central Hospital in China have created a ...

Experts Decry Ban On Gay Men's Sperm Donation On HuffPost Live

Posted 08.28.2012 | Gay Voices

The controversial ban on anonymous sperm donations from gay men to protect female recipients from HIV from the focus of a HuffPost Live segment yester...

Why Gay Blood, Kidneys and Sperm are Just as Helpful as Anyone Else's

Allison Hope | Posted 10.24.2012 | Gay Voices
Allison Hope

Gay men are not banned from donating vital organs, and shouldn't be for any other body parts that have proven most helpful to saving the lives of others. The sociopolitical and homophobic implications are more than skin deep.

Choosing Your Donor: Who's Your Daddy?

Zoe Kogan | Posted 10.21.2012 | Gay Voices
Zoe Kogan

For some women, especially those who have been trying to conceive for much longer than anticipated, a 20-something-year-old with whom you have nothing in common may be your perfect man.

Conservative Christians Rally Against Sperm Donors

Religion News Service | Chris Lisee | Posted 06.28.2012 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) A new documentary exploring the ethical implications of sperm donation is creating a buzz among religious audiences. "Anonymous Fa...

Is Surrogacy on Its Way to Becoming 'The New Normal'?

Fred Silberberg | Posted 08.20.2012 | Parents
Fred Silberberg

Understanding surrogacy's legal structure and its step-by-step process can help make the process more manageable and allow parents-to-be to realize the joy which surrogacy can bring.

This Man Fathered About 600 Children

Posted 04.09.2012 | Parents

About 600 people might be able to call Bertold Wiesner "Dad." The British biologist who operated a fertility clinic since the 1940s may have father...

Will 'Open Adoption' Lead To 'Open Donation'? Should It?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.22.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

If nearly all domestic adoptions of infants are some degree of "open", isn't it time to make that the norm when it comes to sperm and egg donation, too?

Sperm Semantics

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 04.29.2012 | Women
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

It's time to evaluate the reproductive vocabulary list and think twice about our word choices and the messages we are trying to portray.

'Donorsexual,' from the Other Side of the Bed

Amy Andre | Posted 04.16.2012 | Gay Voices
Amy Andre

Procreative sex as part of a donor insemination may be a convenient delivery method, but for women in the LGBT community who are attracted to men, it can also be sexually satisfying. A friend of mine is in that very situation right now.

Sperm Donor Faces Fed Warning For Unconventional Methods

AP | Posted 02.18.2012 | Crime

ASSOCIATED PRESS FREMONT, Calif. -- Federal officials have issued a warning to a California man who has been donating cups of his sperm to women wh...

Conservative Alabama Politician Caught In Lesbian Sperm Donation Scandal

Posted 12.12.2011 | Gay Voices

A conservative Alabama politician and former gubernatorial candidate has been slammed by reports that he had secretly been donating sperm to lesbian c...

Sperm Donor Kids Speak Out: Our Biological Dads Matter to Us

Elizabeth Marquardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Marquardt

I don't want to be on his family's Christmas cards or to take up an inordinate amount of his time. I just want to know who he is.

"He's Not Your Real Dad After All" -- for Sperm Donor Offspring, Parents' Divorce Brings a One-Two Punch

Elizabeth Marquardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Divorce
Elizabeth Marquardt

Sperm donor conceived persons experience a particularly high degree of transitions in their family lives as they are growing up. Some of their stories are quite complex.

Illegal Sperm Website Pair Sentenced In U.K.

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Two men who made £250,000 by providing sperm through an illegal website have been given suspended jail terms. Ricky Gage, 49, and Nigel Woodforth, 43...