In , Vanessa van Ewijk, a carpenter in the Netherlands, decided that she wanted to have a child. She was 34 and single, and so, like many women, she sought out a sperm donor. She considered conceiving through a fertility clinic, but the cost was prohibitive for her. Instead, she found an ideal candidate through a website called Desire for a Child, one of a growing number of online sperm markets that match candidate donors directly with potential recipients. Van Ewijk was drawn to one profile in particular, that of Jonathan Jacob Meijer , a Dutch musician in his 30s. Meijer was handsome, with blue eyes and a mane of curly blond hair.
The Sperm Kings Have a Problem: Too Much Demand
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Imagine discovering that your birth certificate is a lie and that your true biological father was a sperm donor who also fathered hundreds of other children. Barry Stevens, who found out he was donor conceived DC when he was 18, discovered through DNA tests that his biological father, Bertold Wiesner, had up to children. In a similarly unsettling discovery, Jo Rose learnt that at the time of her donor conception, in the early s, there was a small number of medical students from Barts NHS Trust — most of them now high-profile doctors — who donated sperm time and time again up and down Harley Street, essentially cornering the market. Since , UK guidelines suggest that a maximum of 10 families should use sperm from the same donor.
There Are No More Secrets in Sperm Donation
CNN It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood movie: An eccentric millionaire creates a sperm bank with donations from only extraordinary men -- Nobel laureates, an Olympic athlete and geniuses with off-the-chart IQs. More Videos The woman behind the 'genius sperm bank' Story highlights The Repository for Germinal Choice was an elite sperm bank that closed in Its founder recruited only men of high intelligence and strong athletic ability The so-called "Nobel Prize sperm bank" drew criticism "This is Life with Lisa Ling" features some of the children born as a result.
Many people want a pandemic baby, but some sperm banks are running low. So women are joining unregulated Facebook groups to find willing donors, no middleman required. Alvaro Dominguez. By Nellie Bowles.