Women using online sperm donation websites are being harassed and tricked by men they meet on the web, an investigation has revealed.

Growing numbers of women wanting babies are turning to free, unofficial websites where they can find sperm donors without paying private fees of up to £1,300.

But men are trying to pressure or mislead them into unprotected sex or sending them inappropriate pictures, users claim.

Fertility expert Doctor Larisa Corda told Inside Out the increasing popularity is ‘alarming’.

She said: ‘I think women are putting themselves in an incredibly vulnerable position – medically speaking – and secondly the potential for abuse.

‘In the ideal world I’d love to see them shut down, because I think women’s safety and welfare has to be paramount here.’

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