Using a sperm donor to have a child is an effective and affordable option for many women and couples. These issues can range from disappointment over not being able to conceive on your own to concerns about what to tell friends and family. Perhaps the biggest concern is how and when — or whether — to tell your child when he or she begins asking questions about their origins. These are all reasonable and normal concerns worthy of serious consideration.
An overview on ethical issues about sperm donation
Danish sperm donors and the ethics of donation and selection | SpringerLink
Beyond the scientific progress in assisted reproductive technologies ART , it is necessary to discuss the ethical considerations behind these advances. Ethical issues concerning sperm donation have been considered and discussed by government and non-governmental agencies, the public, media and academic institutions in many countries. Recommendations and guidelines concerning sperm donation issues vary from country to country and between professional groups within countries. This paper attempts to present an overview of findings and reports from various agencies concerning the ethics of sperm donation. The following topics are considered: limiting the number of donor offspring; minimizing risk of infection and genetics from sperm donors; age requirements for sperm donors; and anonymity versus non-anonymity of sperm donors. The diversity of policies shows that each country has its unique set of guidelines tailored toward its own specific needs. Similarly, countries designing their own procedures and guidelines concerning reproductive medicine must tailor them toward their own needs and practical considerations.
Sperm donation seems to be the only solution in cases of negative results with testicular sperm extraction TESE. However, it implies a genetic dissociation between husband and offspring that results in psychological stress, as well as ethical and existential dilemmas for the couple. A broad discussion within the scientific community on these issues should contribute towards a better approach of these cases.
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