Donor Conception

Over the past seven years I have undertaken research on the topic of donor conception, with a specific focus on sperm donors. This research has involved interviews with Australian sperm donors – both gay and heterosexual – focusing on their accounts of sperm donation. I have also undertaken a large-scale examination of sperm donors on an international website, focusing on the characteristics that most likely predict willingness amongst sperm donors to be identified to children conceived of their donations. I have also written about sperm donors’ depictions of lesbian recipients of their donations.


Scholz, B. & Riggs, D.W. (2014). Sperm donors’ account of lesbian recipients: Heterosexualisation as a tool for warranting claims to children’s ‘best interests’Psychology and Sexuality.

Riggs, D.W. & Russell, L. (2011). Characteristic of men willing to act as sperm donors in the context of identity-release legislationHuman Reproduction, 26, 266-272

Riggs, D.W. & Scholz, B. (2011). The value and meaning attached to genetic relatedness amongst Australian sperm donorsNew Genetics and Society, 30, 41-58

Riggs, D.W. (2009). The health implications of emotion work undertaken by gay sperm donorsFeminism & Psychology, 19, 517-533. 

Riggs, D.W. (2008). Using multinomial logistic regression analysis to develop a model of Australian gay and heterosexual sperm donors’ motivations and beliefsInternational Journal of Emerging Technologies and Society, 6, 106-123.

Riggs, D.W. (2008). Lesbian mothers, gay sperm donors, and community: Ensuring the well-being of children and familiesHealth Sociology Review, 17, 232-240.


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