Sperm deficiency forces women to look abroad | News

A nationwide shortage of sperm donors is driving British women to junk online sperm banks and foreign donors, a report said today.

Three-quarters of the donated sperm used in the UK are now shipped from abroad, often after being purchased online from poorly regulated clinics.

The report from the charity Progress Educational Trust (PET) said the shortage put women at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and increased the likelihood that their children would have genetic disorders. It calls for a recruitment campaign to get men in England to donate sperm to the NHS, and encourages those aged 18-45 with no health issues to sign up.

Sperm donation is regulated by the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and all donors are

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