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Donor sperm insemination is frequently used in couples in which the male has an extremely low or zero sperm count or in couples with a known genetic disease carried by the male. We recommend sperm banks that meticulously screen sperm donors for infectious or genetic diseases; samples are quarantined for at least 6 months to ensure the ultimate safety of our patients. The use of donor sperm is a highly successful alternative for couples dealing with severe male factor infertility. Prior to starting treatment with donor sperm, you will be referred to a reproductive counselor for counseling about third party reproduction.
Early History Artificial insemination referred to as AI until the s was first used successfully by the Arabs on mares. This insemination resulted in the birth of three puppies 62 days later. John Hunter. John Hunter was a brilliant Scottish surgeon known for pioneering research into venereal diseases, child development and the lymphatic system, among many other things.
And I know, this can seem completely overwhelming- hang in there! Maybe it's because they are a non-profit, they do seem to try a bit harder to keep accurate records and to act in a more responsible and ethical manner. They are not perfect, but do seem to try harder to contact donors when a child turns 18, not just send a generic letter in the mail, as some banks, like California Cryobank have done. Or not responding, or claiming that donors are not really "open" at all, as some banks do. We think that 18 is an arbitrary number, only in place to protect the sperm bank's liabilities.