Many LGBTQ+ people grew up believing that having a family would be incredibly difficult, if not entirely out of the question. Fortunately, thanks to modern medicine, that’s no longer the case.
Developments in fertility treatments mean more of us than ever before can realize our dream of becoming parents — and we’re doing exactly that. In the U.S., for example, it’s estimated that around three million children have an LGBTQ+ parent. Stats on the exact methods used to conceive are hard to come by, but the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in the U.K. has noted a rise in sperm donation since 2016.
But what is a sperm donor? And how does sperm donation work? Below, you’ll find answers to the most common questions about sperm donation. Have a read and then speak to an LGBTQ+-inclusive doctor or medical professional to help you work out whether this route is the right choice for you.