Why use donor sperm

There are several reasons why people choose to use donor sperm to get pregnant. Here you can learn more about the typical incentives.

Having a child and starting a family is one of the biggest wishes at a certain point in life for many people. For some couples, pregnancy happens naturally after a period of time. However, it is also very common that a little extra help is needed to make the dream of a family come true. This may happen through fertility treatment and potentially by using donor sperm or donor eggs.

Pregnant with the help from a sperm donor

Who uses donor sperm?

At Cryos, we can divide our private clients into three main groups:

Heterosexual couples

After a year of unsuccessful attempts at getting pregnant, many heterosexual couples seek professional help to identify the reason why they are not conceiving. There may be several reasons for infertility. If the reason is that the sperm quality is not being good enough to obtain pregnancy, using a sperm donor may be a good solution. Read more about infertility and childlessness.

Lesbian couples

For most lesbian couples, using a sperm donor is needed if they wish to have children who are genetically related to one of the two mothers. Luckily, more and more countries are opening up to give same-sex couples the same opportunities as other couples to start a family. Read more about becoming same-sex parents with help from a sperm donor.

Single women

An increasing number of single women use donor sperm to have the child or the children they have dreamt of. Some women may not have succeeded in finding the right partner to start a family with. Others may wish to have the freedom that can follow when raising one or more children by oneself. Luckily, more and more countries now offer fertility treatment to single women. Read more about becoming a Single Mother by Choice.

At Cryos, we are proud to help all people who wish to have the family of their dreams – regardless of their sexual orientation or life style choices.

The development in the use of donor sperm

When Cryos was first established in 1987, our primary clients were men who wanted to freeze their sperm, for example before undergoing cancer treatment, and heterosexual couples who needed help due to a problem with the sperm quality. Only a small percentage were lesbian couples and single women. The information which was available about the sperm donors at the time were only basic characteristics such as blood type, height, hair colour and eye colour.

Today, the greater part of our clients are in fact single women and lesbian couples. This development corresponds with the increasing occurrence of many different types of families. Creating a family is no longer equivalent with a mother, a father and children. A family can just as well be formed by a single woman, two mothers, two fathers etc.

Along with this development, we have experienced an increasing interest in knowing more about the sperm donors. For example his interests, values and hobbies, his emotional intelligence as well as seeing photos of the donor. Moreover, an increasing percentage of our clients today want to use a Non-anonymous Donor to give their child the opportunity to reach out to the donor at a later stage in life. That being said, the choice between an Anonymous or a Non-anonymous Donor or a Basic or an Extended Donor Profile is still very individual, and everybody has their own personal reason for their choice. In addition, the country of treatment can also influence the choice, as different countries have different legislations with regards to fertility treatment.