Choosing genes without jeans: do evolutionary psychological mechanisms have an impact on thinking distortions in sperm donor preferences among heterosexual sperm recipients?

Emad Gith, Ya’arit Bokek-Cohen

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Abstract

The objective of the project was to compare the importance of traits desired in a life partner to traits desired in a sperm donor. A survey was distributed via internet support groups to women undergoing donor insemination and the questionnaire consisted of 35 traits of a desired life partner and of a desired sperm donor. The respondents comprised 278 unmarried childless heterosexual women over 38 years old undergoing donor insemination treatments. The 35 traits of a desired life partner and a desired sperm donor were grouped by confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) into four factors: (i) personality; (ii) physical appearance; (iii) genes and health; and (iv) socio-economic status. Paired-sample t-tests showed that patients attached significantly greater importance to social status, personality, and physical appearance in a desired life partner than to those traits in a desired sperm donor. No differences were found regarding the genetic quality of the desired life partner versus the sperm donor. These findings contribute to the understanding of fertility patients’ preferences in sperm donors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-71
Number of pages9
JournalHuman Fertility
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Donor insemination
  • genes
  • mate selection
  • parental investment theory
  • single women
  • sperm donor

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