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Using an introduction website to start a family: implications for users and health practitioners

Harper, J; Jackson, E; Spoelstra-Witjens, L; Reisel, D; (2017) Using an introduction website to start a family: implications for users and health practitioners. Reproductive Biomedicine and Society Online , 4 pp. 13-17. 10.1016/j.rbms.2017.02.001. Green open access

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Abstract

Donor insemination treatment offered in licensed clinics protects the donor, recipient and offspring both medically and legally. The Internet has opened up novel, unregulated ways of donating sperm through ‘introduction websites’ and social media forums. Broadly, three categories of women use introduction websites: those who want to have a child with no further involvement of the donor; those who wish to know the identity of the donor from the start; and those who intend to electively co-parent, that is, to bring up the child together with the donor/father. Donors may choose to donate through introduction websites for altruistic reasons and/or in order to have greater involvement with the child. There are some donors who are motivated by the prospect of a sexual encounter, advertising their preference for ‘natural insemination’ – i.e. via sexual intercourse or partial intercourse. When people make their own arrangements online, they may do so in the absence of clear, accurate information. This article, sets out some of the issues that recipients and donors ought to consider before embarking on unregulated sperm donation.

Type: Article
Title: Using an introduction website to start a family: implications for users and health practitioners
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.rbms.2017.02.001
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbms.2017.02.001
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 The Author(s). This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: anonymity, donor sperm, natural insemination
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health > Reproductive Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL EGA Institute for Womens Health > Womens Cancer
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10047675
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