Sperm donor siblings dating
Natalie, 21, has more reason than most to be kind to strangers.
The Roslindale resident — who was conceived using donated sperm — knows that someone roaming the streets of Boston could actually be her sibling.
Simon Watson, 41, has been donating his sperm for 16 years - and during that time he's fathered hundreds of children, with women giving birth to his offspring at least once a week.
Many of them will need it: At least one in eight couples overall suffer from infertility, and much of that is due to delayed childbearing. Credit goes to the 450 high-tech fertility clinics in the U. The Centers for Disease Control keeps statistics on IVF success rates by age; many clinics in Los Angeles beat the national averages.
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"Talk about crazy — there were 12 2-year-olds," says Fain, who adds: "It's one of those things that feels incredibly bizarre for half an hour.
The possibility of chance sibling encounters is among the myriad concerns raised in a petition filed to the FDA last month, calling for a closer look at the largely unregulated sperm donation industry.
The number of offspring from each donor has a recommended minimum, but no official limits.
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Despite her efforts, Fain required two years and nine rounds of intrauterine insemination (or IUI, which involves "washing" the ejaculate to up the sperm quality before injecting it into the uterus, at about $1,500 a pop to conceive). When Violet was a toddler, Fain took her to a music class, where "two women walked in with two boys about Violet's age," she says. Fain went home and checked her Facebook group comprising 15 families who had conceived with her same open donor.