Psychological Implications of the Anonymous Pregnancy

  • Aphrodite Clamar


Since the dawn of civilization, humankind has been admonished to be fruitful and multiply. Religious, cultural, social, and economic values set a premium on fertility. Early religions are rife with rituals worshipping the phallus and/or the goddess of fertility; magic and incantations promised relief from the sorrow of childlessness and solace for despair (Darlington, 1969). Many of these attitudes and values still affect—consciously or unconsciously—those who wish to conceive but cannot do so. For some couples the biological facts of their infertility acquire different meanings and different responses. Some forego parenthood and choose a different life-style; others seek to adopt an infant or a child, substituting someone else’s birthchild for their own; still others seek help from the rapidly expanding array of sophisticated drugs and innovative surgery, while others use the donated sperm of an unknown male to achieve conception. This chapter will focus on the latter procedure—donor insemination (DI).


Sperm Count Male Infertility Artificial Insemination Psychological Implication Unknown Male 
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  • Aphrodite Clamar
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  1. 1.Private practiceNew YorkUSA

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