Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Donor Conception in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Jean BenwardEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_466


With about seven million women or one in eight couples in the United States (USA) experiencing difficulty conceiving a child, many will turn to assisted reproductive technology (ART) to have children. Some can become parents only with “third-party reproduction,” using eggs, sperm, or embryos from another person. Using donor sperm to bypass male infertility has a 100-year history, becoming more widely used since the 1960s. Further developments in ART have made possible the use of donor eggs and embryos, increasing the number of people who will use gamete donation for family building. Besides its use by heterosexual couples suffering from male infertility, lesbian couples and single women increasingly use donor sperm, with single mothers and same-sex couples now making up a significant percentage of people who use donor sperm.

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The historical advice to keep the gamete donation secret, combined with feelings of...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.San RamonUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA