The Personality Traits Women Look for in a Sperm Donor


Have you ever toyed with the notion of becoming a sperm donor? If so, a new study from Queensland University of Technology might intrigue you. 

“Worldwide demand for sperm donors is so great, an informal online market has emerged in which offspring are being produced outside of the more formal fertility clinic setting,” co-study author Stephen Whyte said in a press release.

In the study, researchers sought to find how women choose their sperm donors. They collected data from 56 men between the ages of 23 and 66 from Australia, Canada, the UK, Italy, Sweden and the U.S. who donate sperm solely through regulated (paid), semi-regulated, and unregulated (free) online websites and forums across 2012 and 2013. 

The researchers explain these environments facilitate more interaction between the recipient and donor than a fertility clinic typically allows. As mentioned, women were able to explore and really see an individual donor’s personality, and the researchers were able to see how likely certain characteristics were chosen or seen as favorable. 

Bad news for the socially inept. As you can imagine, women were far less likely to choose men who were “fretful” or “awkward.” But that doesn’t mean they want the most sociable guy in the room either. Men with “lively, extroverted personalities” were also less likely to be chosen. Smart but shy hits all the right marks. 

And in case you were wondering what might inspire guys to donate their swimmers, here’s a fun fact: The California Cryobank (CCB) reimburses sperm donors up to $125 per donation, so that’s $1,500 a month if a guy is frequenting the clinic three times a week. And to top it off, they give their donors “periodic incentives” like movie tickets or gift certificates. 

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