An Indian-origin doctor Dr Kamal Ahuja, scientific director of the London Sperm Bank, has launched a new mobile app “Order a Daddy” for women who can browse and pick the right candidate online to father her child.
Mobile app allows women to select a sperm donor based on characteristics including race, nationality and eye colour. The user can then choose to “find out more”, an option that brings up detailed information about the donor, including medical information, personality and a written description of their characteristics.
The description gives an insight into what the donor is like. One states: “Pleasant, charming and easy to get on with, this donor was a cheerful intellectual teeming with positivity,” while another reads: “He is a well mannered, well spoken and very likeable individual”.
Applicants listed are from a wide range of professions including law, medicine, finance, engineering, hospitality, the performing arts and creative work.
Users can buy a donor’s sperm sample by making payment of £950 via the app, and the sample is then delivered to the fertility clinic where the woman is being treated.
The app, which promotes itself as a way to “plan your family on the go”, is legal and meets the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the IVF regulator. About half of Britain’s IVF clinics are said to have registered to use the service.
Dr Kamal Ahuja, scientific director of the London Sperm Bank, said the app was in keeping with the rise in online transactions, saying: “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. We think this is the first of its kind in the world.”
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