Foreigners love American sperm. Don’t believe me? Demand for exported semen from sperms banks around the United States has increased by 40 percent in the last five years as foreigners look for more “genetic material.” Among the countries most interested in American baby making materials are the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Israel, Australia, Chile, Spain and Sweden.
The market is so big that Scott Brown, a spokesman for California Cryobank tells The Daily:
“In the last three years, we have shipped to about 60 countries.”
“It’s driven by the social changes — single women and lesbian couples being recognized around the world as people that should be able to have children and raise families,” he said. “That’s something that in the U.S. we’re really ahead of the curve on.”
The American sperm banks are often chosen because men are allowed to make donations anonymously and because they feature a well-developed network of banks that are unmatched in many other locations around the world.
American sperm banks are also benefiting as more countries around the world begin to accept nontraditional family units into their homes.
Thanks to the uptick in exports and more interest in non-traditional families in the United States the industry according to Marketdata has jumped from $979 million in 1988 to $4.3 billion in 2013.
While the exact number of donors in the United States is not known it is estimated by some reports that 30,000 anonymous donor-inseminated births occur annually while the American Association of Tissue Banks puts the number at just 5,000.