In April 1909, the first artificial insemination on record was reported in a scientific journal called The Medical World.
“The woman was chloroformed, and with a hard rubber syringe some fresh semen from the best-looking member of the class was deposited in the uterus, and the cervix slightly plugged with gauze,” the article said. “In due course of time the lady gave birth to a son.”
We’ve come a long way since then, but the basic principle remains the same—sperm donation has helped countless couples who can’t conceive on their own to achieve parenthood.
What follows is mom.me’s list of some of the more famous cases of sperm donation.