Lack of Black Male Sperm Donors for Black Women to Make Difficult Choice

Cryobanks reported that the number of Black women seeking artificial insemination as a choice to conceive rose sharply during the pandemic after increasing steadily over the years. Black women between the ages of 35 and 45 are far more likely to remain unmarried than women from other racial groups, according to the latest census data, with 44 percent of non-Hispanic Black women unmarried, compared with 16 percent of White women. Yet Black sperm donors represent just a fraction of the available supply — fewer than 2 percent at the country’s four largest sperm banks,

Why Is This Important: Getting a black male sperm donor is a rarity. So, the only choice in those situations is to choose a non-Black donor. And that is happening more often. So perhaps the medical community can help by encouraging male patients to step up.

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