When you think of a sperm donor, what is the first thing to comes into your mind? A dirty room and a sexually deprived individual, creeping his eyes over glossy pages and looking excitedly at seedy plastic pot ? In some countries and societies today, to be a sperm donor can still be looked at with a crude expression and red cheeks.
If that’s the case, read on, times have changed and thankfully so has perception, well almost.
However, why is sperm donation not perceived as the rescue-remedy that society needs, to help the unable , the people who would make the best parents , give the best futures and raise a child in the most loved environment. Should those people be deprived of parenthood through lack of ability or a medical/ genetic let down that’s simply out of their control?
The reality is somewhat different. Throughout the UK we have hundreds of sperm banks. Each holding over 300 donors and individuals, couples , lesbian or gay all wanting to start their parenting journey. The fertility industry has changed in many ways over the years and one way specifically is that of judgement and perception of the donor himself and the environment and reasons to which they donate.
The decision to make a donation of semen is not an easy one, there is a rigorous medical process , a thorough examination and analysis of genetic diseases, blood types and rhesus factors. This process insures that you receive healthy semen for a healthy baby.
The rooms are hygienic and the process is personal, the reasons are so much more than just skin deep due to the tough process to which each donor faces. They are ultimately giving a life and making dreams happen. It takes someone very special to help a stranger fulfill their dreams and MAKE a life, much more than a glossy magazine and empty white ribbed cup.
Donor pregnancies are on the rise, a remarkable progression to be proud of , differences in fertility are happening and this can only be down to judgment envolving.
A great sign for our future generations, however their conception began.