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Can sperm donors be completely anonymous?

On Behalf of | Feb 12, 2021 | Egg & Sperm Donation |

Many people in California donate their sperm with the understanding that their identity will be completely anonymous. They believe that their future children will never be able to contact them or find out who their biological father is. Unfortunately, modern technology has made it virtually impossible for sperm donors to remain anonymous.

Can a sperm donor ever be truly anonymous?

Sperm banks frequently tell their donors that they will be able to remain anonymous. In the past, it was difficult for children who were conceived through sperm donation to track down their biological fathers. However, the popularity of home DNA testing kits has made it easier for people to figure out where they came from. Some people are even contacting their biological parents; at least one case ended with legal action.

When it comes to egg, sperm or embryo donors, most banks can no longer guarantee anonymity. At best, they can promise not to share the donor’s identity with anyone else. Unfortunately, they can’t keep other people from seeking out this information on their own.

Some banks are outright telling their donors that their biological children might contact them at some point in their lives. If you’re thinking about making a donation, you should be aware that you might not be able to remain anonymous. A fertility and surrogacy attorney may give you more information about legal issues regarding sperm donation.

Are you planning on donating or receiving a donation?

The world of surrogacy, egg donation and sperm donation comes with a whole host of legal challenges. An attorney may discuss your options and figure out what you need to do to make a donation or start creating a family. Many attorneys offer consultations before you commit to their services, which gives you the chance to ask questions.