The unregulated world of private sperm is booming, with experts warning the shift could have potentially disturbing consequences for some Aussies.
Each year hundreds of Australian children are born through sperm donation, but strict regulations and costly medical processes are seeing an increasing number of women moving away from regulated clinics and into the murky world of private donation.
Private sperm donation Facebook groups, where potential donors and recipients can connect without having to go through a fertility clinic, have grown in popularity in recent years.
One of the most popular groups, Sperm Donation Australia, has more than 10,000 members.
In the group, willing donors will make a post usually providing a photo, short description of themselves, their health history and preferred method of donation. Those looking for donors can then signal their interest or ask for further information.
Women also post in the group looking for donors in particular parts of the country who meet specific criteria.
While this group is often flooded with success stories, experts have warned of the dangers associated with fast-tracking the donor process by avoiding fertility clinics.
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