An increasing number of women are engaging with unknown men on unofficial sperm donation websites and forums, a TV programme tonight (Monday) reveals.

An investigation by BBC Inside Out (North East & Cumbria) has found that for some women who want children but can’t afford regulated treatments, their only option is an online world where donors offer services for free.

Fertility expert Doctor Larisa Corda has told Inside Out that the growing trend in unregulated sperm donation websites is alarming.

“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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