As a sperm bank and fertility center, our focus and expertise lies in the
“medical aspects” related to reproductive medicine. Sometimes
patients will ask questions that encompass various “social aspects”
in regards to raising a family and supporting children as they grow. Though
many of these topics fall outside our scope of practice, we always try
our best to direct patients in the right direction for support or suggest
practitioners and counselors they may wish to talk to.
A common question we receive is around the notion of talking to a child
about their conception through donor sperm. These patients often have
unique experiences in the development of their families and part of this
experience may include discussing the use of a sperm donor with their
child at some point in the future. Again, though this is outside our scope
of expertise, we wanted to share some aspects of this topic to assist
those that wish to explore this more in depth.
For some parents, this conversation may assist in the child’s history,
health, and development. For others, this conversation may arise when
children who grow up with talents, looks, and interests totally distinct
from those of their parents may begin to wonder why these differences exist.
Regardless of family dynamics, some may wish for their children to grow
up with the knowledge that they were conceived through a sperm donor from
the beginning. Early knowledge of this may create an open environment
for discussion as the child gets older and they want to explore this topic.
The specific details of your discussion will vary. One theme that may present
itself is that a sperm donor, while an important part of your child’s
conception, is not his or her parent. You might develop a narrative in
which the sperm donor is an individual who wanted to help you start a
family, but is not directly part of the family. Sometimes the terms used
in the discussion, such as “biological father,” can have a
great impact on the child’s understanding so it is always important
to keep this in mind.
At ReproMed, you will not only find innovative care in assisted reproduction,
but you will have the support of counselors and experienced staff members
who can provide insight to help you start your family. For more information
about our services or appointment booking, call (972) 494-5438 or visit