Although sperm and egg donation has become a more accepted form of conception in today’s culture, there are still some myths associated with the process that need to be discussed. This article will discuss some common myths and misconceptions about sperm and egg donation, and why these myths are just not true.
Myth 1: The baby isn’t really yours
This myth is possibly the most common myth related to sperm and egg donation. Some recipients have concerns about their parental rights and the rights of the donors, while other recipients are concerned they might not be able to bond with a child that they have no genetic connection to. This is a myth in both regards. The sperm and egg donors sign legally binding contracts in which they forfeit their parental rights upon donation. This means that the donors do not have any parental rights to any child that may result from their donation. In regards to recipients who might not feel they could connect with a child who is not genetically theirs, that is also untrue. If you make the decision to create a child through donation and love that child unconditionally, the bonds will naturally follow.
Myth 2: The donor might try to contact me
This is another common myth associated with egg and sperm donation. This is myth is untrue in that the legally binding contracts that the donors sign upon donation also include regulations and restrictions regarding contact with the recipient or the child. The donor is aware of the consequences of contacting a child or recipient. Also, the donor receives very little information on the recipient, and certainly not enough information to be able to find the recipient.
Myth 3: The child’s health will be at risk because of lack of medical history from the donor
This myth is also untrue, due to the donor screening process that most clinics have. When a donor comes into a clinic, they are pre-screened and then screened again in order to gain as much knowledge regarding health history as possible. The clinics gather this information for the purpose of letting the recipient know of any health risks or issues to look out for. Because of all the information gathered during the screening, a recipient should not be concerned about the health of their future child.
Myth 4: The donors are only in it for the money
This myth is untrue for sperm donors due to the fact that they receive very little compensation for their donations. This myth is more commonly associated with egg donors, as the compensation is higher. However, the egg donor has to go through a more strenuous and committed process, such as meeting with doctors, nurses, donation clinics, undergoing tests and examinations, not to mention the long term commitment and birthing process. The screening process involves a staff member explaining the tests and commitment level expected from an egg donor, which typically weeds out donors who are in it for the money.