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Pros and cons of using a sperm bank

Pros of a Sperm Bank

  • Sperm banks require donors to waive all parental rights. This requirement protects the child and mother because there is no danger the donor can seek custody or visitation of the child.
  • Some sperm banks permit the child to access the donor once the child becomes 18 years of age.
  • Sperm banks test semen for diseases and collect health and genetic information from donors.

Cons of a Sperm Bank

  • Sperm banks are often expensive and most insurance plans do not cover the costs.
  • You will not be able to meet the donor as a part of the screening process, so you can't know his personality.
  • Sperm banks freeze semen. Frozen semen is not as vigorous as fresh sperm and it may take longer to get pregnant.

Known Sperm Donor

Pros of using a known Donor

  • You know who the donor is: his health, family history, physical and mental health, characteristics and personality.
  • The donor might be open to being involved in the child's life.
  • You may not have to pay for the sperm, although you may have to pay a doctor to inseminate you.

Cons of using a known Donor

  • One of the biggest cons of using a known donor is that he may sue for visitation or custody of the child.
  • Unless you test for STDs, there is a risk of HIV, AIDS or other sexually transmitted diseases.
  • If the donor chooses to stay involved in the child's life, issues around parenting may occur.

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