From The Register:
Sweden’s fertility clinics are racking up a serious backlog of people waiting for artificial insemination, due in part to a “spike” in demand from lesbian couples for vital supplies of man juice.
So bad have things got that expectant customers at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg are now forced to wait 18 months for treatment.
The problem, the GÃ¶teborgs-Posten explains, is that a 2005 law change granted “female same-sex couples” the right to fertility treatment at Swedish hospitals. Previously, this privilege extended only to married women or those who were “registered heterosexual partners”.
Inger Bryman, Sahlgrenska’s head of gynaecology and reproductive medicine, told the paper: “We had estimated an increase of around 25 couples per year after the law change. Now there are 90 couples in line.”
Sweden’s lesbians are not the sole cause of the sperm drought. Swedish law allows kids to learn their biological father’s identity once they turn 18. This hasn’t done much to encourage donors.
The main reason, though, is apparently duff sperm – “either related to deterioration while being frozen or to medical conditions”.