Fertility clinics in the United Kingdom say women are putting themselves at risk by using social media to find sperm donors. They addressed this statement to the National Health Service (NHS) to take some appropriate actions.
It is true that more and more women, most often lesbians or homosexual couples, are turning to Facebook groups to find donors due to lack of treatment availability on the NHS. According to the NHS rules, the matching period is 26 weeks, which is more than 6 months. In addition to that, there are certain requirements to the patient herself, she should not smoke or be overweight.
“It’s not as we’re just going to go and meet Joe Bloggs off the street. We are actually interacting with them, asking questions about them, getting background on them. It’s just not a stranger. It’s less safe going for a one-night stand with a guy from Tinder, to be fair”, says Mary, a woman who met an online donor once, but didn’t get pregnant.
Carole Gilling-Smith from the Agora Gynecology and Fertility Clinic said: “I understand that women do this because they want to save some time and money, but they undermine a great deal of safety. It's not safe. The sperm isn't screened."
Vladislav Melnikov, a director of the European Center for Surrogate Motherhood agrees with his British colleague: “There are certain standards put in place for sperm donors. All of the candidates are properly screened against STIs and other unpleasant things. Working with a donor from Facebook is like going on a random one-night stand date. Plus, there is a legal factor to it. While working with a fertility clinic you’re protected against donor claiming parental rights to the baby, it is not the case when being inseminated by a man from social networks. If there are no appropriate legal papers you’re not protected from him turning up in your life several years down the road and claiming for a shared custody”.
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Based on the article by BBC News