Le don de sperme en Israël, son secret et son anonymat

Translated title of the contribution: Sperm donation in Israel: Secrecy and anonymity

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Secrecy of donation and donor anonymity are extremely tight in Israel. For infertile couples, this appears to be the preferred mode of operation apparently facilitating long-term adaptation to parenthood. In orthodox Jewish communities, donor insemination is at best tolerated, if and only if the donor is of non-Jewish ancestry, so as to prevent a future incestuous or consanguineous marriage. Since the introduction of intracytoplasmic sperm injection, the proportion of infertile couples who require sperm donation keeps dropping, currently comprising a mere 20-25% of the recipient population. The rest of the recipients consists of single women, many of whom would like the child to know his or her biological father when he or she has grown up. The longterm success of donor insemination requires doctors' awareness of the recipients' sensitivities. Additionally, just as the importation of "non-Jewish sperm" is authorized, it would be advisable to allow recruitment of donors under two distinct modes: "anonymous" and "visible," thereby accommodating the diverse preferences that various recipients seem to have.

Translated title of the contributionSperm donation in Israel: Secrecy and anonymity
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)11-19
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2010


  • Infertile couples
  • Israel
  • Jewish orthodox communities
  • Single women
  • Sperm donation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Urology


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