Many British women searching for sperm donors online

October 10th, 2011 - 10:32 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 10 (IANS) A rising number of women in Britain are turning to internet sperm donors to become mothers after being unsuccessful in finding the man of their dreams.

Scores of women in their early 20s are logging on to websites such as babydonor.com and co-parent-search.com to find fathers for their children. Many of the women, some as young as 18 or 19, say they are frustrated with relationships and have decided to face the challenge of parenthood alone, the Daily Mail reported.

According to The Sunday Times, women under 25 make up a quarter of women registering on some sites, where they post pictures or themselves, as well as private information allowing potential donors to get in touch.

“I’ve wanted kids for as long as I can remember. I lost a baby when I was with my ex-boyfriend. We broke up shortly afterwards. But since then I have known I am ready to be a parent… I have found a job with flexible hours, I have a house and a mortgage. I know I could offer a child a loving, safe environment, so I don’t know why I should wait,” said a 20-year-old.

According to Christina Hughes, professor of women and gender at Warwick University, even though these women are young, they believe that they have the support structure and feel emotionally and financially independent: for them it is the right time.

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, a statutory body in Britain that regulates and inspects all clinics providing in vitro fertilisation, artificial insemination and the storage of human eggs , sperm or embryos, warn besides legal implications, there are also health risks because sperm gained over the internet cannot be screened.

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