With people turning to the Internet to obtain sperm donations in the UK, authorities are warning people about the risks. For some the process is faster and cheaper, and physical characteristics can be ordered. And, unlike traditional clinics, the sperm is not frozen. Nigel Woodforth is the founder of SpermDirect.
“We have to have it delivered – ideally we’d like to have it delivered within the hour,” he said. “So you cannot take the donation itself, take it to a clicnic, test it and then deliver it to the recipient. So what we do is get the donor tested, get them tested as close to donation as possible.”
The online sperm service raises concern though for John Paul Maytum from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.
“Currently companies working on the internet are not regulated, and what that means is that people who use their services, don’t know what they’re getting,” he said. “You can’t be sure that that sperm is safe. You can’t even be sure that that sperm is human sperm.”
SpermDirect began last year when it became illegal for a frozen sperm donor to remain anonymous. The law, however, will apply to non-frozen sperm from April next year.