Sperm Donation: Psychological Aspects

  • William D. PetokEmail author


Donor insemination (DI) is the oldest form of third-party reproduction. The first successful DI went unreported for 25 years, presumably to protect the individuals involved from embarrassment. Legal opinion, once decidedly against the procedure, has evolved over time, making the procedure available to increasing numbers of people. Professional opinion about disclosure of the use of DI has split, with physicians recommending against it and mental health professionals speaking of the value to the family and resultant child. Research on the psychological aspects of DI has grown over the years but is still limited.


donor disclosure psychological motivation recipient counseling donor identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent Practice Baltimore, MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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