Is Donor Insemination for me?

It is evident that the decision of Donor Insemination is a difficult one to make. There are so many factors to keep in mind and building a family with the assistance of sperm donation can be quite daunting.

There are many things that can help with that daunting decision and some of these are as follows:
– A recommended book to help deal with the contemplation of this difficult decision is “Building a Family” by Ken Daniels, published in 2004. The book delves into the importance of building a family based on honesty and parental comfort with the decision to use sperm donation. A great read for anyone making that final decision.

– While researching and reading books can help with the decision, the most important thing you can do is talk. Talking to your family, your partner and your immediate family can help with getting many perspectives and angles. Talking to them can get them onboard and can give you emotional support which is needed throughout the entire procedure.

– For many people, cost can be a major factor in making that decision. Do some research and visit your GP for more information on this. Look at your health insurance, some insurance companies generally only pay for the procedure when the woman has been diagnosed with infertility when it is considered medically necessary. If you are uncertain about what your health insurance policy covers, you can call the customer representative and ask what infertility treatments are covered.

– Reflection. While talking to professionals and family can help, you must take some time and ask yourself, is this what I want to do? Am I ready to become a parent? Am I in the financial position to be a mother? There are other options too, like adoption. Have I the time to be a mother?

– If you are a single woman and rearing a child is something you have your heart set on, artificial insemination is a great option for you, but it is important to have a circle of friends and family around you during the last few weeks of pregnancy to help out with general day to day things you are unable to manage by yourself.

– Asses the risks. You must ask yourself if you are comfortable with discussing the child’s roots at a later stage. It is sometimes recommended that an unknown donor be used to avoid any possibility of unnecessary conflict later on. Most clinics will not offer your child the opportunity to know the donor until perhaps the age 18.

Keep these in mind and remember to asses, think and talk.


Author Rita Galimberti Femplus Clinic

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