According to a story on The Daily making the rounds on the Internet today, worldwide demand for American-made sperm is on the rise - up by as much as 40 percent in the last five years. Perhaps the only thing better than this tidbit is the story's opening line: "America's hottest new export is made by hand."
Interviewing Scott Brown, a spokesman for California Cryobank, billed as "the largest sperm bank in the world," the story hypothesizes that the increased demand for American sperm is the result of "more liberal attitudes toward marriage and family taking root around the globe," in addition the United States' sperm-donation infrastructure, which allows men to donate anonymously, pays them well, and employs rigorous screening procedures to the benefit of sperm-donation recipients.
The story indicates U.S. sperm sales are most robust in the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Israel, Australia, Chile, Spain and Sweden - with demand only anticipated to increase over time.
From The Daily:
The rapid rise in foreign demand is a result of more liberal attitudes toward marriage and family taking root around the globe, according to Brown.
"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."
"There will be an explosion in demand, no pun intended, around the world as other countries become more accepting of the nontraditional family," Brown said.
The U.S. fertility industry as a whole has shot up from $979 million in 1988 to what is predicted to be $4.3 billion in 2013, according to Marketdata.
Estimates cited in The Daily's story indicate anywhere from 5,000 to 30,000 Americans donate sperm annually.
Local men looking to get in on the sperm-donating bonanza and potential financial windfall should be aware of how the collection process typically works. According to the website for Seattle Sperm Bank, prospective donors are asked to fill out an online application before dropping anything in a cup. Those subsequently selected for a screening appointment will be asked to come in to provide a specimen for testing as well as to fill out a questionnaire before getting down to the real baby-making.
How much money can men make for their hard work?
According to the Seattle Sperm Bank website:
Once you are approved you will receive $60.00 per donation for specimens that meet the SSB quality standards. $40 is paid in cash when you generate the specimen. The remaining $20 is paid to you when the specimen has gone through the final approval.
The good news is the work is regular. More from the Seattle Sperm Bank website;
You are able to donate two to three times per week, depending on the quality of your specimens. We ask that you commit to an average of donating a minimum of one time per week.
Especially in this economy, that's not a bad gig.