The Ultimate Internet Hook-Up: Free, Private Sperm Donation

Newsweek, October 4th, 2011

A recent Newsweek cover story, “You Got Your Sperm Where?” filled me with silent, slippery gee: Free sperm donations now available on line? You gotta love the Internet.

Before I tried to  conceive with a real, live man, in a real loving relationship, I spent six months or so, in sperm donor hell. The event left me so tramatized, I wrote an essay about the experience:

http://www.lemondrop.com/2010/11/05/no-black-sperm-my-long-winding-journey-to-becoming-a-mom/

And the second of the one-two punches that leveled me came with the cos of sperm: 800 hundred bucks for two hits of seed. That’s right, two. And that’s 2007 prices.

“ They test the sperm for disaeses and wash it to increase the mobility,” the fertlty doctor had told me back then.

“Ohhh, okay,” I replied. It seemed fair and reasonable. High-tech efforts were working with me towards my goal of conception. Then, a month later, I learned that donors, on average, were paid 25 dollars for their, ah, donation.

And I thought, milk had a crazy, high mark up.

The fact of the matter is, conceiving a baby out of the typical manner, is expensive, and shows no signs of slowing. When you take the bouncing baby bundle out of the equation, and examine the hard facts, it’s a business. Supply and Demand. So anyway one can cut down the pile of money straight couples, gay couples, and singles spend  trying to get into the concepetion game, I have one thing to say: batter-up.

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2 thoughts on “The Ultimate Internet Hook-Up: Free, Private Sperm Donation

  1. Just came across this blog tonight, and much to the chagrin of my own soon-to-be-adopted and bored child, I couldn’t stop reading until I read every word. Except for the foreign adoption part, this is my life. Exactly. To a T. Same age, same relationship problems (and I do mean the very same), same ventures in the world of sperm donors and fertility clinics, same black vs white donor dilemna, same same same. I am in awe.
    Only difference that I can tell is that I went the foster care/domestic adoption route. I now have an 18 month old almost-son whom I’ve had since he was born . Adoption will be finalized in the next month. YEAH US! You are a wonderful writer. I think I’m inspired now to write my own blog but at the same time I wonder, what’s the point?

    • Dear Shannon,

      Congratulations on your adoption! You’ll be so happy with the change to your life, it makes a big difference, a long awaited difference. Sorry for the tracy response, my girl keeps me running. : ) Please, please, PLEASE send me pic for your new little honey… Thanks for the writing compliments, that made me beam…

      Have a great holiday!

      Jenine

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