Credit Credit Peter Horvath. By Jacqueline Mroz. Seventeen years ago, when she was in her thirties, Cindy and her female partner decided they wanted to have children. The couple spent hours poring over sperm donor profiles, finally settling on an anonymous man with a clean medical record and few health issues in his family. He was an anonymous donor, and they knew him only by his identifying number. Cindy gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Women face the brunt of societal pressure to have children before a certain age, but a new study concludes that the so-called biological clock is a concern for men, too. The authors suggest that more men may want to consider banking their sperm if they intend to wait until later in life to start a family. The paper, published in the journal Maturitas, is a review of the medical literature on older fathers, defined as starting between the ages 35 and 45, depending on which researchers you ask. It highlights studies showing a variety of increased health risks incurred by the partners and children of these older dads.
As China does not acknowledge gay marriage and unmarried women are not allowed to use assisted reproductive technology, more and more lesbian couples in China are now seeking foreign sperm banks and IVF clinics. Experts said as the country is aging, fertility rights of the LGBT group should be guaranteed which will help alleviate the imminent old age problem. Dou Zi and her wife Zhi Mabing both pseudonyms are expecting the birth of their first babies. Dou and Zhi, a lesbian couple living in Beijing, had their twins not through natural means, but through in-vitro fertilization IVF performed with sperm provided by a sperm bank based in the US. Though Chinese society - while becoming increasingly tolerant toward gay people - has not yet given their relationships legal standing, many still want to have their own biological children both because of their own parental instincts and the traditional belief in the necessity of having a son to carry on the family line.
Most sperm donation that occurs in the USA proceeds through anonymous donation. By contrast, in many parts of the world, there have been significant legislative initiatives requiring that sperm donor identities be made available to children after a certain age typically when the child turns One major concern with prohibiting anonymous sperm donation has been that the number of willing sperm donors will decrease leading to shortages, as have been experienced in some of the countries that have prohibited sperm donor anonymity. One possible solution, suggested by prior work, would be to pay current anonymous sperm donors more per donation to continue to donate when their anonymity is removed.