Huge increase in lesbians and single women seeking fertility treatment

There has been a doubling in the number of and single women seeking fertility treatment over the last decade.

The National Board of ’s surveys conducted in 2021 showed that out of the 15,500 women who received fertility treatment, 2,721 were single and 595 members of lesbian couples, compared to 1,316 and 315 in 2012.

In 2007, a was passed that makes it possible for both lesbian couples and single women to be inseminated with donor sperm at clinics in .

Mixed answers
According to Maria Salamon, head of the Fertility Care Knowledge Center, it is more accepted and common in today’s society for single women and lesbian couples to have children through , and it is easier and faster for them to go to the clinic and have the procedure. done compared to before.

There is still a degree of stigma attached to the action. Some have expressed concern about how children may be affected by the lack of a male figure in their lives.

Lars Dencik, professor and researcher in social psychology at University, believes that this can lead to the same kind of longing that is found among children who are adopted.

But most people see these family structures as the norm, which helps explain the increase in numbers.

Source: The Nordic Page




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