HAIFA HOSPITAL SEES SPIKE IN DEMAND FOR SPERM DONORS THAT HAVE SERVED IN COMBAT UNITS
Admiration for the IDF in Israel has been turned up another notch in the wake of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, as women seek to replicate the character traits associated with combat soldiers.
In recent weeks, almost half of the 60 women a month who approach Rambam Medical Center’s sperm bank have requested a donor with a history of combat service, prioritizing these criteria alongside their choice of hair and eye color, height and educational background.
Dina Aminpour, head of the Rambam Medical Center’s sperm bank said: “Women seeking sperm donorsÂ build an ideal profile in their head of the father of their future child. The Gaza military operation and the tales of the bravery of the IDF soldiers served to clarify the personality traits which were important to those requesting donations.”
Accordingly, women are seeking to replicate the positive attributes of the soldiers in their offspring. “Military service seems to indicate something about a person. Those in a combat role are assumed to have an impressive constitution, which confirms the genetic aspirations of the women. They believe he will be fit, healthy, resilient and determined, among several other important attributes.”
Despite this increased demand for specialized sperm, the center itself is suffering from a shortage in quality donations, and is desperately looking to recruit more men to donate.
Prof. Shachar Kol, who runs the artificial insemination clinic at the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, the largest hospital in northern Israel, which supplies sperm donations to fertility clinics for the entire region said: “On average, only 10 percent of potential donors are accepted.”