17 min

Looking for Sperm? Family Matters

    • Parenting

Health Canada is making it easier and cheaper for women undergoing fertility treatment to access sperm from known donors. Up until recently, if a woman wanted to use a friend's sperm, they had to use a designated clinic (Western Canadians often went to Toronto) and the sperm would have to undergo testing for 180 days (half a year). This was costly and time consuming. Now, local clinics can carry out this procedure and there's no quarantine period. Infertility specialist Dr. Caitlin Dunne calls it a big win for women trying to conceive alone or in a same sex partnership. She joins us to talk about the change and exactly how you can start the process.  And what is it like to shop for sperm? A Langley, B.C. mother joins to share her experience in browsing for donors. She even talks about having to weigh the pros and cons when it comes to siblings.

Health Canada is making it easier and cheaper for women undergoing fertility treatment to access sperm from known donors. Up until recently, if a woman wanted to use a friend's sperm, they had to use a designated clinic (Western Canadians often went to Toronto) and the sperm would have to undergo testing for 180 days (half a year). This was costly and time consuming. Now, local clinics can carry out this procedure and there's no quarantine period. Infertility specialist Dr. Caitlin Dunne calls it a big win for women trying to conceive alone or in a same sex partnership. She joins us to talk about the change and exactly how you can start the process.  And what is it like to shop for sperm? A Langley, B.C. mother joins to share her experience in browsing for donors. She even talks about having to weigh the pros and cons when it comes to siblings.

17 min

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