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Use of Donor Sperm by Lesbian Couples Increases After Gay Marriage Legal

October 15 , 2013
by: ASRM Office of Public Affairs
Published in ASRM Press Release

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF FERTILITY SOCIETIES 21st WORLD CONGRESS ON FERTILITY AND STERILITY AND THE  69th ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE

Boston, MA – Following the legalization of gay marriage in Ontario, Canada in 2003 there was a significant increase in the number of lesbian couples utilizing sperm donation to build their families, according to research presented today at the International Federation of Fertility Societies/American Society for Reproductive Medicine meeting.

Investigators from Toronto performed a retrospective evaluation of the patients from their own donor sperm program over the last 17 years. They found that following the legalization of gay marriage in 2003, the percentage of women using their donor sperm who were in same sex relationships increased from 15% to 20% of all their patients. The number of units of donor sperm used by lesbian couples increased 4 fold, from 133 before 2003, to 561 after. While 15% of the single women and women in heterosexual relationships did IVF with their donor sperm, only 7% of lesbian women did.

“There is no question that broad social trends have a huge impact on reproduction, and on reproductive medicine. It is nice to have some actual data which documents how some of these trends impact our profession, and more importantly, our patients,” said Professor Joe Leigh Simpson, IFFS President.

O-219 Significant Increase in Utilization of Donor Sperm by Lesbian Couples After Legalization of Same Sex Marriage in Ontario, Canada.
SI Moskovtsev et al
 

Representing more than 50 fertility societies from around the globe, the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) is the world’s principal international fertility organization. The IFFS was founded in 1951, and held its first congress in New York in 1953. The IFFS mission is to stimulate basic and clinical research, disseminate education and encourage superior clinical care of patients in infertility and reproductive medicine. Website: http://www.iffs-reproduction.org/ 

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, founded in 1944, is an organization of more than 7,000 physicians, researchers, nurses, technicians and other professionals dedicated to advancing knowledge and expertise in reproductive biology.  Affiliated societies include the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, the Society of Reproductive Surgeons and the Society of Reproductive Biologists and Technologists.


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