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Sperm Donor Gone Wild? Bachelorette Contestant Admits He’s Fathered 114 Kids

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends that a sperm donor father no more than 25 births per a population of 800,000.

But since those are just recommendations, there have been several cases of over-enthusiastic donors.

The most recent one to hit the headlines is that of Bachelorette contestant, Matteo, who claims to have fathered 114 children through frequent sperm donations.

He’s just 25.

Sperm Donation in the US

Bachelorette Contestant 114 Kids

Although sperm banks have been around for decades, they’ve recently witnessed a rise in popularity due to changing socio-cultural norms.

In the past, their services were mainly utilized by married, childless heterosexual couples. Today single women and LGBTQ couples make up a large percentage of sperm recipients.

Sperm banks have somewhat stricter requirements than their movie versions. Before one can donate, they must meet the basic requirements.

These include having a certain height, age, level of education, and being physically and mentally fit.

Potential recipients often have more specific requirements regarding donors’ eye and hair color, ancestry, family background, occupation, and hobbies.

For donors who meet these initial requirements, their sperm still has to go through a screening process.

This ensures they don’t have any infectious diseases or genetic disorders. It also tests the sample for sperm quality, quantity, and general virility.

The result is that not all men who walk into sperm banks are accepted as donors.

According to a Stanford University post, only 5% of donors end up providing high-quality sperm.

Some end up being regular donors, providing samples up to twice a week. The industry also caters to a global clientele, with American sperm samples being exported across the world.

Growing Concerns

Donor Sibling Registry

The future plight of donor offspring is rarely considered when fertility arrangements are being made.

In the past, this wasn’t such a big issue, as most recipients took a conservative approach. They never saw the need to inform their children about their biological fathers.

Today, parents are more open with their children are more likely to inform them that their biological father is an anonymous sperm donor.

Technology has also made it easier for people sharing genetic characteristics to discover each other.

You can easily buy home testing kits from companies like 23andMe, AncestryDNA, and MyHeritage DNA.

All you have to do is mail your spit to the companies. They then give you access to their vast database of DNA tests where you can easily find matches.

Some donor offspring have been both shocked and excited to discover tens and even hundreds of donor siblings. One particular donor is said to have fathered nearly 200 confirmed children.

The worrying part is that these are not isolated cases. They were significant enough to start a new trend: social groups comprised entirely of single donor siblings.

Wendy Kramer, a donor recipient, set out to discover whether her son had any donor siblings. They ended up founding, a website that links donors with donor offspring.

As of today, it boasts more than 64,000 members. It also claims to have connected over 17,000 offspring with their donors or half-siblings.

The Problem With Too Many Donor Siblings

Bachelorette Contestant 114 Kids

The biggest risk of one person fathering too many offspring is the increased probability of abusive relationships.

Donor siblings might unknowingly start a family, which significantly increases the risk of birth defects.

That’s why many sperm donor clinics have limits as to the number of times a single donor can, well, extend their generosity.

As opposed to European and some Asian countries, the US takes a lethargic approach to regulate the industry.

The UK, for example, forbids a single donor from donating sperm to more than ten families. France and Germany set the limit at 10 and 15 offspring respectively.

In the US, the number suggested is 25 births per 800,000 people. Given America’s population of over 300 million, a single donor can potentially father more than 10,000 children.

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, which sets these guidelines, has been unwilling to make them stricter.

Despite calls from activists to implement better regulations, government agencies such as the FDA have steered clear of the debate.

Such cases like Matteo’s might be more widespread than we know.

Of course, it’s impossible to prove his claim that he has fathered all those children, until they all take a DNA test, that is.

About the Author Charles McKnight

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