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Ethical Issues Related to Sperm Donation

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Sperm donation makes it possible for infertile couples to have babies. Stringent screening procedures and strict confidentiality is maintained in the sperm donation process. There are many ethical issues related to the process of sperm donation. To know what these ethical issues are and how they are dealt with; read on.

There are a lot of controversial issues related to sperm donation. Donating sperm is the right of an individual that gains authenticity powered by medical ethics and the informed consent of the person. But issues crop up as these do not enjoy the legal technical mandate. Sperm banks are set up in various countries with the approval of the respective national health departments and in cases where there is a lapse of any given criteria, the accreditation is simply stopped.

Sperm Donation Ethics

The ethics of sperm donation is dependent on the following four criteria:

  • Right of the man who is donating his sperm.

  • Right of the client or purchaser.

  • Criteria used to select the sperm donor, that is, he is selected on the basis of possessing certain characteristics or traits.

  • The amount of sperm that can be donated by single donor
Given below are the explanations of the ethical aspects of each of the four issues.

Right of the Donor - The donor’s identity is always kept anonymous. The clients do not enjoy right to gather information about the identity of the donor from any other source or solicit info that can lead to his identification. The donor is also not responsible for the future or well being of the off spring resulting from the pregnancy of the woman whom he donated the sperm.

Right of the Client - Every information related to the limitation and the probable complications that happen to be a part of the sperm donation process should be informed in advance to the client. Donation may not always result in successful pregnancies. There can be a requirement of successive and multiple treatments. This entails that the sperm bank is also absolved of the accountability that the sperm provided by them is free from every possible disease and genetic abnormalities.

It is true that a strict screening procedure is followed but they cannot be considered to be foolproof. The client must be made to realise that only he or she is completely responsible for the child resulting from the sperm sample.

This is assured through the signing of the informed consent form which also carries the verification of the client’s doctor. It is devised on the principles of scientific and medical ethics.

Criteria of Sperm Choosing - All sperm banks may differ in the selection process. They are by and large highly selective but some can be more stringent or particular than the others. Usually they prefer their donors to be tall and trim. They must be heterosexual, free from certain diseases and of course the genetic ones. They should be between 19 to 34 years. However, many banks can accept clients who are in their mid forties as well.

It is interesting to note that CryoGam Colorado, Inc., a sperm bank only accepts sperm from Nobel Prize winners! So issues arise on the elitist or the ‘normal’ selection of clients of the sperm banks. The point that should be given prime importance is the adherence to the required laboratory standards and the extent to which they value the concept of informed consent.

Amount of Sperm that Can be Donated - It can well be the case that the donor ends up siring many kids. They can then cumulatively multiply thereby increasing the population hugely. Although it may sound improbable but it can so happen that that half brothers and half sisters grow up to marry each other as they have their origins from the same donor father. It is therefore limited that a donor can produce not more than ten children.

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sam vin.2 years ago
hi its sam from chennai . 31 years old . 5'9"hight . fair (indian fair )am
healthy and i have good sperm counts . i like to help for child less
indian couple. and i donated b4 i have more then 58million per ml
sperm counts motile is 80% mail me on samspermdonor at yahoo dot
com or call me on nine eight four zero three six nine five six four
kuldeep blling.2 years ago
hello am kuldeep hight 5,8 wait 65 kg good health I wanna danate my sperm any couple want contact me on my email id am non drinker non smoker contact me
sam.2 years ago
hi its sam from chennai . 31 years old . 5'9"hight . fair (indian fair )am healthy and i have good sperm counts . i like to help for child less indian couple. and i donated b4 i have more then 58million per ml sperm counts motile is 80%
mail me on samspermdonor at yahoo dot com or
call me on nine eight four zero three six nine five six four
Rishabh Gupta.3 years ago
The information about sperm donor and the person who buys the sperms are strictly kept confidential. stringent checkups are also done to ensure good quality of sperm donation.
Giselle.3 years ago
There is nothing unethical or non-religious in sperm donation. it does not have any medical implications also. More awareness is needed to know about the advantages of sperm donation.
Maimoon.3 years ago
I think sperm donation is not morally right. It results in weakness and loss of libido. it is also against the wishes of god or Allah.
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