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Perspective - P4B Check

Our view:

The cup method is the cheapest option for home insemination. The effort required is also comparatively low. We see the cup method as a supportive measure to the natural way. In reproductive medicine, the emphasis is often placed on the more expensive methods of artificial insemination. If the health requirements are met, the cup method should definitely be tried. When using a heterologous sperm donation, pay attention to the legal aspects. Find out more about this in our article on sperm donation.

Religion - P4B Check


Christianity: The Catholic Church rejects any kind of artificial insemination and accordingly also sperm donation or the performance of home insemination. The Protestant Church itself does not express a clear rejection with regard to artificial insemination. It leaves the decision to the couples themselves.

Islam: In the Islamic faith, artificial insemination is generally approved. However, there are differences between Sunnis and Shiites. The Sunnis are not allowed to use sperm donated by a third person. In principle, a third-party sperm donation is permitted among the Shiites. However, strict rules apply and the individual case must be approved by a court.

Judaism: The Jewish faith is basically positive about artificial insemination. As long as the egg and sperm originate from the couple with whom the child will later grow up.

Hinduism: In the Hindu faith, there are no objections to artificial insemination. A foreign sperm donation is generally permitted if the sperm donor is a close relative of the infertile man.

Buddhism: The Buddhist faith does not express any objections to artificial insemination.
Psychology - P4B Check
If a child was conceived with the help of a heterologous sperm donation, open communication is important. The child has a right to know who the biological father is. Open contact also plays an important role in the child's search for identity. From the psychological point of view, when using a heterologous sperm donation, the emergence of anxiety in the man is completely normal. A central question that the man deals with: Can I accept the child as my own, even if I am not the biological father? Similarly, many men ask themselves whether they can give the child the same love that they would give to the child for whom they would be the biological father. The woman is in a different starting position than the man when it comes to sperm donation. Often feelings of guilt towards the man go hand in hand with this. At the same time, there can also be a great deal of hope for a child of their own. Both sexes are under pressure in this situation and question whether they can form a lasting bond with the child. It may be useful to seek psychological and psychosocial counseling together before proceeding.
Morale - P4B Check
A sperm donation by the partner merely replaces the natural way of procreation by "tutoring". In the case of third-party donation, many people have to deal with social pressure, as it is clear when dealing openly that either the partner is infertile or there is no partner. Feelings of shame can accompany this. For many years, sperm donation was considered morally reprehensible and people kept quiet about it. The children were sometimes not informed about their biological father. In modern times, this is dealt with much more openly. The subject usually occupies children, parents and sperm donors for the rest of their lives. Therefore, especially the moral decision itself should be made and thought through. There is no universal opinion.
Law - P4B Check

In Germany, no authorization is required to perform the cup method. Nevertheless, it is important to deal with the legal issues. For example, there are differences in the forms of sperm donation. You can find more information here: Artificial insemination through sperm donation

P4B note

Partner4Baby has developed the P4B check based on in-depth research. It is intended to serve as a guide for your personal involvement with the cup method. Have you already had experience with the cup method? What is your opinion about it? Feel free to write us!

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