But the truth is that donating the most productive of my bodily fluids was nothing like what you might think. I decided last year that, not wanting to become a father myself, that it might be an act of philanthropy for me to donate my sperm to help another couple conceive. So I filled out a deceptively straight forward looking online form and headed to a sperm bank which shall remain nameless near Harley Street to become a donor.
Technology will never fail to amaze and baffle us in equal measure, as contraptions get more and more advanced - just like this machine in Chinawhich is being used to help men donate sperm. The footage of the machine in action has gone viral for obvious reasons - largely because it's a pretty bizarre sight to behold, but also because it's a potential solution for men who struggle with masturbation, or find the idea of going into a room to, erm, pleasure themselves into a plastic cup to be a little unnerving, or those. The clip has been doing the rounds on social media, where one person quipped: " If you build it, they will come.
Donating sperm seems easy: Walk into a clinic, ejaculate into a cup, make a quick buck. Not just any guy can enter a cryobank—a place where semen is collected and stored at subzero temps—and get started. Statistics vary by sperm bank, but acceptance numbers for would-be donors can be low as 1 percent, according to Scott Brown, the director of client experience and communications at California Cryobank.
Below are my thoughts and varied experiences of being a sperm donor over nearly 10 years in the UK. I have been a known donor, donor to a fertility clinic and even provided sperm privately. I hope these ramblings might help you decide what option, if any, is right for you. My first experience of sperm donation was when I was a grad student doing a MA in Leeds for a year.
Sperm donation typically involves the provision of sperm by a healthy male to a sperm bank or fertility clinic for the purpose of artificially inseminating a woman who is not his sexual partner. Sperm donors get paid for their samples, but there are numerous qualifications to meet before a sperm bank or fertility clinic accepts the donor as a client. If you want to donate sperm, you most likely will need to be younger than 40, at least average in height, college-educated, and clear of hereditary or sexually transmitted diseases.
A Chinese company created a human sperm extractor several years ago. Among its many, quite obvious, "uses" is a "user-friendly" way of collecting sperm samples at health clinics, in countries where people may be too embarrassed to provide sperm samples in the, uh, old-fashioned way. So it is the best clinical equipment of sperm collection," the company proudly claims.
Sperm donation is a procedure in which a man donates semen — the fluid containing sperm that is released during ejaculation — to help an individual or a couple conceive a baby. Donated sperm can be injected into a woman's reproductive organs intrauterine insemination or used to fertilize mature eggs in a lab in vitro fertilization. The use of donated sperm is known as third-party reproduction.
I had this theory, you see, that white sperm trends heavily over black sperm and that donors of certain nationalities and physicalities are barred for a simple lack of demand and all that would make an excellent article on middle-class bigotry. Remember those early s comedies where Sean William Scott always ends up donating sperm and getting fingered by a hot nurse? Well, they were totally accurate.
Sperm donation is the provision or "donation" by a man known as a sperm donor of his sperm known as donor spermprincipally for it to be used in the artificial insemination of a woman or women who are not his sexual partners for the purpose of achieving a pregnancy. Sperm may be donated publicly and directly to the intended donor, or through a sperm bank or fertility clinic. Sperm donation enables a man to father a child for third-party women, and is therefore, categorized as a form of third party reproduction.
This paper, analyzing interviews with men that donate their semen in Denmark, explores what it means to be a sperm donor. Breaking with the assumption that men have a specific and clearly identifiable motivation to become sperm donors, this paper leaves the confinement of such an accountable actor model implied in asking for men's motivations to donate semen. Instead, the author describes the experiences of sperm donors to show how the moral, organizational, and biomedical-technological context of sperm donation in Denmark makes for enactments of moral selves as well as specific embodiments of masculinity.