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Telling a child about donor conception, in favor or against?

By Andrea Rodrigo.
Last Update: 06/07/2017

There exist many opinions regarding this issue, but the truth is that it depends on each family. Nonetheless, the ASRM considers that disclosure might be beneficial for the child for various reasons, including:

  • Knowing your biological origins reinforces your autonomy
  • Understanding your identity improves your decision-making skills
  • Parents are able to build a relationship with the child based on openness and honesty
  • Knowing your genetic heritage allows you to deal more accurately with severe health problems
  • It helps protect the child against later inadvertent consanguinity

On the other hand, those who are against disclosure argue that it would subject the child to a psychological turmoil, thereby affecting his long-term capacity of developing social skills. Read more: Donor-conceived children.

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 Andrea Rodrigo
Andrea Rodrigo
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
Embryologist. Bachelor's Degree in Biotechnology from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Master's Degree in Biotechnology of Human Assisted Reproduction from the University of Valencia along with the Valencian Infertility Institute (IVI). Postgraduate course in Medical Genetics.
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