Talking about donor sperm


The American Fertility Association continues to help people, particularly those with fertility challenges, in meaningful ways. The American family isn’t as clearly defined as it use to be and for many families, an explanation or a story is needed to talk about its evolution. And telling that story often requires sensitivity and emotional support.

The AFA has announced their release of a fact sheet, the second in a series, designed to help parents who are trying to figure how or even if they should talk to their children about their donor origins. The first article in their series, Talking with children about ovum Donation, addressed the implications of revealing donor egg use to children, or not revealing as the case may be. It gave guidelines for sharing information with children and some good phrases and talking points to help the discussion along.

The second fact sheet is about sperm donation. It was written by Jean Benward, LCSW, and Patricia Mendell, LCSW, both mental health professionals specializing in infertility. This piece is called Talking with Children about Sperm Donation. There is a difference between sperm and ovum donation. Sperm donation is often associated with the infertility issues of men and there is a whole social stigma there that might need to be talked about sensitively.

There will be a series of five articles. Most address heterosexual discussions, but there are ones in the works for lesbian couples to use as well. Check out the website for more details.

Source: AFA, Medical News Today


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