The data for this paper was drawn from a longitudinal study about the experiences heterosexual couples, lesbians and single women using donor insemination (DI). The authors used questionnaires which focused on plans to disclose use of DI, reasons for using DI and what they would like to know about the donor. Scales were used to measure participant self-esteem, quality of relationship, presence of psychological symptoms. The authors compare heterosexual couples, single women and lesbian DI users in order to show that lesbians are good candidates for DI despite concerns about lesbians parenting. Findings include that lesbians and single women differ from heterosexual DI users in that 100% of lesbians and single women would choose to disclose about using DI while only 43% of heterosexual females planned to disclose. Lesbian couples also had higher cohesion scores than the heterosexual couples.
Lesbian couples as therapeutic donor insemination recipients: do they differ from other patients?
A longitudinal study about the experiences heterosexual couples, lesbians and single women using donor insemination (DI).