As people become more open to alternative methods of having kids, the number of men willing to become sperm donors is growing.
But it’s still more popular among certain groups than others. Dr. Ed analyzed datafrom over 1,000 men who had donated to six sperm banks to learn who exactly these guys are, and a few very clear (and sometimes peculiar) patterns emerged.
So who’s the average sperm donor? He has fair skin, brown hair, brown eyes, and most likely a degree in business or accounting. Religiously, he identifies as a Christian. He’s less likely to be overweight than the general population, and the sperm bank staff describe him as funny, laid back, tall, lean, and handsome with white teeth, a good physique, a nice smile, broad shoulders, and a muscular build. Honestly? Sounds like the options could be worse.
So if you’re in the market for a sperm donation, you now know what kind of DNA you’re most likely to find.
On the other side of the coin, Dr. Ed also analyzed the rarest characteristics in donors to find out what you might have trouble tracking down. Turns out that religiously affiliating as a Buddhist, having medium brown skin, strawberry blond hair, and a degree in science are all a little harder to find.
If you’ve got very specific preferences for your future child’s genes and they don’t match the typical guy’s profile, don’t despair: There’s a sperm donation app that helps people shop for the perfect sperm donor.