The Doctors: Sperm Donor Controversy: Dr Kirk Maxey & Scott Brown

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The Doctors TV Show covered the Sperm Donor Controversy that we have been hearing about in the news lately.  The world of sperm donors is a business with basically no rules and no government regulation.  Dr Kirk Maxey was on The Drs TV Show to talk about his opinion of the world of sperm donors.  Dr Maxey was a sperm donor himself and he predicts that he may have as many as 400 kids walking around.  One concern is what happens if these kids accidentally have incest and do not even know it? The Doctors Sperm Bank

The Doctors TV Show: Sperm Donor Controversy

Sperm Donors are not controlled like other areas of medicine are, but we should keep in mind that semen is living human tissue that is transplanted into a woman with the intention of making her pregnant with a child who she will have to take care of for decades to come.  Scott Brown, a guest on the show, is in favor of Sperm Donation as it currently stands without further government intervention, and he said that it is the patient’s responsibility to check that she is using an accredited sperm bank that operates appropriately.  The other side of the coin is why does the government regulate almost every other part of the medical industry, but not this area?

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Scott Brown said that they do lots of testing for the most frequent mutations in the population before accepting sperm in a sperm bank – so they test for things like Tay-Sachs Disease.  However, there is no definition of exactly what must be tested for nor is there a guideline for how much semen should be in a vile that you buy.  Dr Maxey said that he would like to see more regulation of Sperm Banks because they often do something called the process of splitting in which if a man produces 100 million sperm in one ejaculation, they will cut the sample in half and sell it to two women instead of giving one woman the entire vile.  There is no standard for how much semen should be in a vile at a Sperm Bank.

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