Sperm Bank Lets Women Order A Sperm Donor With New App

It's like Tinder, for sperm donors.

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A sperm donation company has launched a new app which lets women choose the father of their child.

So, forget swiping for your next Tinder date, now you can swipe right for a lot more.

London Sperm Bank Donors has created the app which allows users to track down potential fathers by picking their desired characteristics, The Times reports. For a £950 payment, donors can register to be listed on the app before users are able to filter by eye and hair colour, as well as education, occupation and personality. And if this careful selection process doesn't produce the perfect match? The user can create a "wish list" alert, which will tell them when their dream donor is available.

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An example of this might be a lawyer, who has "a strong character" and is "articulate and deep thinking," or a jeweller who "feels passionately about the environment and loves spending time exploring on his bike and connecting with the natural world."

The donor descriptions read like a profile you might find on a dating site, but this is all part of the sperm bank's aim to promote the app as a regular online service.

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"You make all the transactions online, like you do anything else these days," Dr Kamal Ahuja, scientific director of the London Sperm Bank, told The Times. "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. We think this is the first of its kind in the world."

Of course, the app, which has been approved by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, hasn't come without some controversy. Josephine Quintavalle, from campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, has shared her concerns.

"How much further can we go in the trivialisation of parenthood?" she asked. "This is reproduction via the mobile phone. It's digital dads. Choose Daddy. This is the ultimate denigration of fatherhood."

Criticism of the app hasn't stopped it from arriving in Britain's IVF clinics, though, as it may offer a solution to a popular problem. Around half of both private and NHS institutions are said to have already registered to use the service.

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