I got stuck watching a documentary last night about sperm donors. Being a woman, this is not a subject I’ve ever given much thought to. I have thought about donating eggs before, though. Not actually doing it in real life but I’ve certainly paid attention when I hear about it on the news or what not. I very quick Google search says they pay about $8,000 per egg. That’s enough to pique the interest, right? But then you have to deal with the thought of having a real live biological child out there in the world. And that’s not something I personally could deal with, even for 8 grand. I’d be much more likely to be a surrogate mother if I felt compelled to help another couple have a baby.
What caught my attention on the sperm donating documentary last night was this guy said he had at least 70 biological children. 70 kids! He said that he donated sperm for 3 years. Why? Because he was making $900 a month!! Holy cow! That’s a lot. So if he did that for 3 years it means he made $32,400. Ok, well… that’s something. And donating sperm is a little easier than donating eggs. No shots of hormones and medical procedures. Just… well… you know.
Of course the draw back is the possibility of having lots and lots of kids. And that’s a pretty large drawback. I know the donor and the kids aren’t in each other’s lives, but still. You will always have that floating around in the back of your head. At least as a woman you know exactly how many potential children you have out there.
I did some research and found some rules about donating sperm. First off you have to be between 18 and 35. You also have to be at least 5’11″ and have at least graduated from high school, but most likely college too. And obviously be disease free. Apparently it’s actually fairly hard to get accepted to a sperm bank. One article said the good banks only take 5% of applicants.
They say that a donor can only produce 10 children but that law has clearly been violated as I keep hearing stories about people having up to 150 donor siblings.
If you were conceived using donor sperm and want to know if you have any donor siblings, or if you were a sperm donor and want to know if you have any biological children, you can register on the Donor Sibling Registration website.
Have you ever donated sperm (or eggs)? I’d love to hear your story. How much did you make? Do you know if any children were produced? Are you glad you did it? Do you regret it?