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Balancing rules in postmortem sperm donation


Postmortem sperm donation implies the acceptance of a very low sperm quality threshold. This threshold has two important consequences: recipients will have to submit to burdensome and expensive in vitro fertilisation/intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and many more living donors will be accepted, thus making postmortem donors largely superfluous. Given these strong arguments against the use of postmortem collected sperm, a good alternative to enlarge the donor pool would be men who stored sperm for self-use and no longer have the intention to use it.

  • cryobanking of sperm
  • ova or embryos
  • donation/procurement of organs/tissues
  • artificial insemination and surrogacy

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