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ID Sperm Donors Differ from Sperm Bank to Sperm Bank

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a blog by Michelle Ottey, PhD, Director of Operations, Fairfax Cryobank and Cryogenic Laboratories, Inc., June 29, 2011

Most sperm banks offer ID sperm donors, as well as anonymous sperm donors. However, not all ID sperm donor programs are the same.

It is assumed that when purchasing an ID sperm donor, your offspring will receive identifying information about the sperm donor when they reach the age of 18. It is a fair assumption, but one that is inaccurate across the board.

When you are looking for an ID sperm donor, there are several questions you should ask of the sperm bank:

  1. When my child turns 18, what information will they receive?
  2. Is there are guarantee that identifying information will be released to my child?
  3. Will my child have information that would allow them to contact the sperm donor directly, or will contact be mediated by the sperm bank?

Some sperm banks provide ID sperm donors, but what is often overlooked is that the sperm donors have an option to change their mind and not release their contact information to offspring, or they can only agree to contact that is mediated by the sperm bank. Before you make a choice. it is important to have a clear understanding of the ID program at your sperm bank of choice.

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