There are many considerations intended parents must make when choosing to use an egg donor to build and grow their family. One that is not talked about often, but is a consideration nonetheless is inadvertent consanguinity.
The definition of consanguinity is: of the same blood or origin; specifically: descended from the same ancestor. The real life concern for intended parents using an egg donor (or sperm donor) to build and grow their family is: “Will my child meet, fall in love with and marry his or her half-sibling?” The answer is, of course it is possible, but not likely.
What this topic does call into very careful consideration is the topic of disclosure to a donor-conceived child the fact that they are donor-conceived. There are many benefits of disclosing to a donor-conceived child the specifics of their conception. Preventing inadvertent consanguinity is one of them.
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