How do you feel about your sperm potentially being bought as easily as your groceries?
The first sperm donor application has arrived allowing women to select and buy sperm for £950 online.
London Sperm Bank Donors have created an app that allows women to browse sperm donors online.
The app which has been nicknamed ‘order a daddy’ allows women to search for donors by a series of characteristics including ethnicity, hair colour and height.
Women can list the characteristics they want in a father and set up alerts when an appropriate person becomes available.
It is believed to be the first app of its kind. The company behind it say they saw a gap in the market and wanted to address the “acute shortage of sperm donated in the UK.”
Like online dating apps it includes a biography for each potential father giving information on their lifestyle and personality.
Although women are free to peruse who they like, men can choose to put restrictions on who can access their donations.
Women can order a sample via the app and choose what fertility clinic they would like it delivered to.
The Scientific director of the London Sperm Bank, Dr Kamal Ahuja, told the Sunday Times that finding a donor will now be as easy as ordering from big retail websites such as Marks & Spencer or Tesco.
“You make all the transactions online, like you do anything else these days. This allows a woman who wants to get a sperm donor to gain control in the privacy of her own home and to choose and decide in her own time.”
The app has been criticised by campaigners, including Comment on Reproductive Ethics, who said “It’s digital dads. This is the ultimate denigration of fatherhood.”
The app has met all the criteria set by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority which regulates IVF.
It is understood around half of the UK’s private and NHS IVF clinics have registered with the service.
What do you think about sperm being bought and sold online?