This chapter provides an overview of the donor-gamete world, beginning with an introduction to the people who use donor eggs and sperm. It explores the many potential recipients of donor gametes, including heterosexual and same-sex couples, as well as single individuals, all of whom are looking for ways to complete their families. The second section discusses the fertility industry, the business that makes it possible for people who want to become parents to procure the gametes and the technology that will allow them to have babies. Although donor insemination (DI) is hundreds of years old, it is only over the past three decades that DI has become an industry, and only over the past two decades that egg donation has become a possibility. The final section turns to the donors themselves, exploring who they are and why they do what they do.
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