I was watching 20/20 last night and a story about free donor sperm came on.  I was hooked.  This is why I love Americans so much.  They are so darn altruistic.  And just kinda … out there.  The report went on to talk about a couple of women who were using this free service because fresh sperm enabled them a better chance of conception than frozen sperm.  And of course, they had already expended tens of thousands of dollars on infertility treatments and IVF.

I suppose what’s the difference between getting some from a one night stand and answering an ad online?  Either way, you’re spinning the bottle, right?  And this guy actually took measures to produce some grade A sample ….uhh…stuff.  He wasn’t exactly Playgirl material, but what the hey, it was free.  And you could do pick up the sample on site, so to speak, or meet at a coffeeshop.   What could be more convenient?   The FDA however frowns on this sort of altruistic enterprise, so they actually asked him to cease and desist advertising and promoting his sperm.

Remarkably, they focused more on why donors were giving away their sperm for free rather than the typical desperate infertile woman angle.  Of course the comments were more about the women rather than the cost of IVF.  They always are.  What would you do?

Americans, they sure are a spunky lot.

8 thoughts on “Spunky

  1. You do what you gotta do to get your family once you are far enough into the world of `trying`.

    I’m all for it. Kinda like a blind date right. If the guy wound up being a looker, I’d be pretty tempted to grab his stuff and run – if not I’d buy him a coffee and part ways! I’m an ass though 😉

    We watched it last night as well and had mostly questions of doing the fresh vs. frozen if it meant that you`d get an accurate medical history on the person. That was our only real concern. But…like you said, no different than if you went to the bar and had a one night stand.

  2. Hmmmmm. I am flip flopping on my thoughts here. On one hand (no pun intended)…good for him. On the other, it’s kinda creepy. I think a limit on the number of times you can donate is a good thing. Especially in a close geographic area. Some third grade class is going to have six or eight kids that all have genetics in common. There is also just the ewww factor. I think I might prefer the sterile, stark, cold atmosphere of a doctors office than a specimen cup handed to me with a bagel.

  3. LOL. Well then, so this is what is representing the Americans abroad. SIGH. Interesting story. And yes, its interesting what people choose to focus on.

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