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DI (donor insemination)

The insertion of a donated sperm sample into a woman's vagina, cervix or womb to achieve a pregnancy.



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How personal genomics spells the end of donor anonymity

03 May 2016 - by Professor Joyce Harper, Debbie Kennett and Dr Dan Reisel

With the rise of consumer genetic testing, it is now possible for people to accidentally discover that they were conceived using donor eggs or sperm and for donors who thought they were anonymous to be traced by their offspring... [Read More]

Woman sues US sperm bank again for sperm mix-up

03 May 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman is suing a sperm bank in the USA for the second time, alleging that it provided sperm from the wrong donor... [Read More]

Donor lied about mental illness and criminal history, say US sperm bank clients

18 April 2016 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

Three families are suing a US sperm bank and its Canadian distributor for allegedly misleading them about the health and criminal history of their sperm donor... [Read More]

Clinic offers sperm donors free IVF for a friend

14 March 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

An IVF clinic in the UK has announced that it will offer sperm donors the chance to nominate a friend or family member for free IVF treatment.... [Read More]

Disrespectful and immoral: retrospective legislation on donor anonymity

14 March 2016 - by Professor Guido Pennings

The State Legislature of Victoria has decided unilaterally to break their agreements with the sperm donors who donated before 1998 and will reveal their identity. It is difficult to imagine a measure that shows more disrespect for both donors and recipients... [Read More]

TV Review: Inside Out - Looking for a Baby Online    

29 February 2016 - by Daniel Malynn

This programme looks at the 'darker side of sperm donation', outside the regulated world of fertility clinics, where some seedy business is taking place... [Read More]

HFEA urges vigilance over Zika virus

22 February 2016 - by Ayala Ochert

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is recommending that people returning from Zika-virus prone areas should not try to conceive naturally, donate eggs or sperm, or proceed with fertility treatment for 28 days... [Read More]

French surrogate in court for defrauding couple

01 February 2016 - by Ana Ilic

A woman is on trial in France on charges of defrauding two same-sex couples who had hired her as a 'surrogate'... [Read More]

Unlicensed sperm donor claims to have fathered 800 children

18 January 2016 - by Dr Linda Wijlaars

A man from Luton, Bedfordshire, claims to have fathered 'in excess of 800 children' through unlicensed artificial sperm donations... [Read More]

High Court rejects sperm donor's application for direct contact

21 December 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The High Court has refused a man's application for direct contact with a child born to a same-sex couple using his sperm... [Read More]

'Myth busting' report on UK surrogacy calls for legal reform

23 November 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A report calling for reform of surrogacy laws in the UK has revealed that the majority of arrangements are conducted on an altruistic basis and do not take place abroad, contrasting with what it claims are commonly held misconceptions... [Read More]

Court orders contact between girls and sperm donor

19 October 2015 - by Chee Hoe Low

A UK High Court judge has ordered that the biological father of a teenage girl can maintain indirect contact with her, despite her opposition... [Read More]

Sperm mix-up case dismissed

07 September 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A woman who sued a US sperm bank after she gave birth to a mixed-race child has had her claim rejected by an Illinois court, reports the Chicago Tribune... [Read More]

UK national sperm bank has only nine donors

07 September 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

A year after it opened, the UK's national sperm bank has only nine registered donors, says its chief executive Laura Witjens, who is planning a major new recruitment drive at the end of this month... [Read More]

Japan allows egg donation from strangers

03 August 2015 - by Ayala Ochert

Two women in Japan have received eggs from donors who are strangers – the first time this has happened in the country, following approval by an ethics committee earlier this year... [Read More]

Chinese website sells sperm online

27 July 2015 - by Arit Udoh

Alibaba, the China-based e-commerce firm, has offered its male users up to £525 in exchange for their sperm... [Read More]

When sperm banking went crackers

06 July 2015 - by Professor Allan Pacey

When I was first telephoned by a journalist to ask what I thought about the proposal that the NHS should pay for the sperm banking of every 18-year-old male in order to guard against reproductive ageing, I said just one word: 'Crackers!'... [Read More]

The need for UK surrogacy law reform

29 June 2015 - by Rebecca Carr

Last month, in a judgment that was hailed as the first of its kind, High Court judge Ms Justice Russell ordered a mother to hand over her child to a gay couple... [Read More]

US court grants woman right to disputed frozen embryos

29 June 2015 - by Dr Julia Hill

An Illinois appeals court has reaffirmed a decision to grant a woman 'custody and control' of frozen embryos created with the sperm of her ex-boyfriend, despite his objections... [Read More]

Canada sperm property case to settle for $6.2 million

01 June 2015 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The University of British Columbia has proposed to settle a class action involving the accidental destruction of sperm for $6.2 million... [Read More]

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