photo: iStockPhoto Can sperm banks discriminate against potential donors based on their hair color?
It seems so, especially if supply exceeds demand, according to a Danish newspaper article about a European company's move to deny donations from people with red hair, at least for the time being.
In countries where donations are in high demand - Spain, Italy and Greece, there's less interest in sperm that might differ from the current demographics of the area. That is, people in these areas usually have brown eyes and brown hair, not lighter eye colors and red hair.
Donated sperm is used to impregnate women through artificial insemination. Single women wanting a child, couples with fertility issues and lesbian partners may use sperm bank services and other third party reproduction methods. Some men may give to sperm banks for their own personal use in the future, too.
After screening and being accepted as a donor, most men agree to a several-month commitment for donating. This also reduces the number of donors a given company will take on.