In today’s Yorkshire Post, I explain some of things you should consider if you want to donate sperm. It is more complicated than you may imagine and may have consequences for years to come.
Sperm donors have been in the public eye a lot recently. Soap opera Emmerdale featured a storyline in which one couple had to deal with the fallout of a donation. In the real world, a national sperm bank has opened in Birmingham.
So what are the actual implications for sperm donors and prospective parents? It’s a difficult choice to make, but one that many couples make for many reasons like infertility or same-sex couples who want children of their own.
My advice to anyone who is interested in this subject, be they potential donors or parents, is to make sure you do your homework before taking action. The Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority (HFEA) is the UK’s independent regulator of sperm donation and they are a great information resource to use.
The main point for a potential sperm donor to realise is that by choosing to donate anonymously through an HFEA licensed clinic, he won’t be the legal father of any child conceived as a result. Additionally, he won’t be open to any financial or inheritance claim related to the child down the road.
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