The shortage of Black sperm donors is impacting Black women seeking motherhood in more unconventional ways, with one woman’s story shedding light on the increasingly dire situation.
The Washington Post reported that black men make up less than 2% of sperm donors at cold banks. According to the store, their jars will run out in minutes.
Reese Brooks learned it firsthand during her search for a Black child. She searches the internet for sperm banks every night after 1 a.m. after her shift as a warden at a women’s prison.
Black men make up less than 2 percent of sperm donors: Their vials are shipped within minutes
But while the sites offer hundreds of potential sperm donors, allowing Brooks to choose from things like height and preferences, options are scarce as she filters for American donors. of African or Black descent.
Brooks said all told, she spent “more than 800 hours” searching before she got what she wanted.
“I would say I spent 40 hours a week looking for a sponsor. All together, I think I searched over 800 hours,” Brooks said. But when it comes to a Black donor, she said, the options are slim.
Cryobanks reports that the number of black women seeking their conception services has skyrocketed during the pandemic, having risen steadily over the years.
The latest census data shows that Black women between the ages of 35 and 45 are more likely to remain unmarried than women of other demographic groups, with 44% of Black (non-married) women. Hispanics) are unmarried compared with only 16% of white women.
Black women forced to choose sponsors of another race or turn to online groups, unregulated apps
And with black sperm donors making up just 2% of the nation’s four largest sperm banks, Black women are often forced to choose a donor of a different race and raise a child. children of two races.
Some have even turned to buying Black sperm from online groups and unregulated apps, according to the Washington Post.
The outlet offers a number of reasons for the shortage, chief among them the failure of cold banks to recruit black donors and the selection process that requires a three-generation medical history.
It is a serious challenge for Black men, who may not have access to quality health care, not to mention the fact that many Black men now have suspicions. for the medical profession stems from a history of discrimination.
Potential donors with felony convictions were also excluded.
Sperm sells for an average of $950 to $1,300 per vial, with donors receiving between $70 and $150 per donation. Cryobanks sells a fixed number of vials per donor in an attempt to limit the number of children fathered by a single donor.
Four of the country’s largest crypto banks have only 12 black donors out of 748
And of the more than 20 crypto banks in the country – four of which have over 100 sponsors – of those four, there are only 12 Black sponsors out of a total of 748 banks as of Nov. October.
White and Asian donors are disproportionately represented, with the remaining Hispanic donors being underrepresented along with Black donors.
The Post spoke to 15 women who wanted to buy sperm and have a baby with a black blood donor. Out of those 15, only one was able to do so successfully.
They noted how fierce competition was on cryo bank websites for vials from Black donors. They told the Post.
One woman, Angela Stepancic, said she placed vials of sperm from a Black donor in her online shopping cart, but was beaten up by a schoolgirl she was on the phone with. her, who is faster to check.
Stepancic ended up having a hybrid child with sperm taken from a Latino donor.