A 36-year-old US man has labelled himself the world's first 'donorsexual' after he revealed he has devoted his life to being a sperm donor.
Trent Arsenault, who has never kissed a woman but is the father of 16 children, says the term 'donorsexual' means 100 per cent of his sexual energy is put towards producing sperm for childless couples and he takes the role very seriously.
He has even overhauled his lifestyle in order to deliver his clients optimum sperm.
He recently moved to California's San Joaquin Valley because it is "one of the most fertile places in America" and has created a strict diet and exercise regime to ensure he delivers healthy sperm.
This involves drinking "fertility smoothies" that consist of berries, natural sugars and nuts, doing "fertility exercises", including jogging and weights, wearing non–restrictive clothing to keep his testicles cool, avoiding the sun and wearing protective clothing when he does go outside. He also limits donations to one per day, avoids car fumes and electrical equipment near his genitals and has vowed to remain celibate to avoid STDs.
"I used to long to have a wife and children of my own. But the more I donate, the less I feel that need. So I decided not to fall in love or have children as that would restrict my ability to be a donor," Arsenault told UK newspaper The Sun.
"I still refuse to have sex because I don't want to risk catching a sexually transmitted disease. If I caught an STD that would be the end of my days as a donor."
Arsenault, who works in IT, has committed to offering sperm to more than 100 families and says his healthy diet will ultimately affect the health of the child he helps to conceive.
"I want to keep doing this for as long as I am healthy. I have never been in better shape and my sperm count is about 125 million per millilitre, around four times the national average," he said.
"I don't think I'm taking this too seriously. The ultimate reason for all this is to ensure the health of a mother and her baby. And I would argue it's difficult not to be overly concerned about the health of a person you are helping."
Arsenault, who doesn't charge for his services, says he has helped all types of couples. And although he has met some of his children, he has no intention to help raise them. Each of his clients must sign a contract waiving his paternal responsibilities.
"It was amazing to see my children — up there with some of the most unforgettable experiences in my life. Tears came into my eyes," he said.
"Some of the mothers were crying too. I'll never forget meeting them.
"But I cannot have children of my own as that would lower my fertility. And giving other people children is the most important thing to me in the world."