- In the newest season of The Bachelorette, one of the contestants vying for Hannah Brown’s heart was revealed to be a sperm donor.
- Contestant Matteo Valles says he’s fathered 114 children through sperm donation, in his Bachelorette profile.
- Sperm donation is actually not a quick and easy process, and donors must pass multiple tests to qualify.
In every season of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, there’s a candidate that seems…questionable—and one of the contestants vying for Hannah Brown’s heart this season just set the bar pretty damn high in that department.
His name is Matteo Valles, and he openly claims in his Bachelorette profile that he’s already fathered more than 100 children at the ripe old age of 25 through sperm donation. Matteo is a “management consultant” from Atlanta and “on the side,” he’s “a sperm donor who has helped create 114 children for all types of families,” the bio reads.
No word on when he started doing his side hustle, but Matteo found time to graduate from Georgia Tech at some point between all those donations. He also wishes he could be a firefighter and once chugged a gallon of milk in 10 seconds at a talent show. Skills, I guess?
To be fair, sperm donation is apparently pretty common among college men. According to Stanford University, up to 90 percent of all sperm donors are college students. According to The New York Times, a man who donates sperm twice a week can make $1,500 a month. (FYI: Men aren’t actually paid until their sperm is ready for “sale” after a screening process.
Still, it’s definitely not the quickest way to some fast cash. The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommends that potential sperm donors pass the following tests:
- Age: Most sperm banks require donors to be between the ages of 18 and 39.
- Physical exam: This involves taking blood and urine samples to test for infectious diseases, like HIV. Regular donors need a physical every six months.
- Semen testing: Donors will need to provide several samples of semen, which will be analyzed for sperm quantity, quality, and movement.
- Genetic testing: A blood sample will be analyzed to see if they carry any genetic conditions.
- Family medical history: The donor will need to provide a medical history of at least two previous generations of their family.
- Psychological evaluation: During this, a donor will be asked if they’re concerned about their personal information being shared with their biological children or about future contact with them.
- Personal and sexual history: They’ll need to provide a detailed history of their sexual activities, drug use, and some lifestyle factors.
Basically, there’s a lot involved before someone can even qualify to be a donor. And as far as limits go, there’s no legal cut-off for how many children you can father via sperm donation, but the NYT says the biggest sperm banks have policies that one donor’s sperm will not be allowed to father children for more than 25 to 30 “family units.” (So uh, Matteo, WYD?)
On the bright side, it’s good for Hannah to know that at least his swimmers work, I guess?
The 15th season of The Bachelorette premieres Monday, May 13 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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