MEN should be allowed to donate their sperm after death, say experts.
Medics want rules changed so British blokes can pass on their semen — like organs and other human tissue.
It would mean men could end up fathering a child years after they have died.
The UK currently has a shortage of donor sperm and demand is on the rise.
About one in six couples struggles with infertility, with half of issues linked to the male partner.
Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, experts claim harvesting samples is a “morally acceptable” solution to the problem.
Authors Dr Nathan Hodson of Leicester University and Dr Joshua Parker from Wythenshawe Hospital say: “The ability to reproduce matters to people and donated sperm enables many to fulfil their reproductive desires.”
But they admitted changing the rules could raise ethical concerns — as it will impact both the child and the donor’s family.
It is also unclear who would pay for the procedure.
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Research shows sperm retrieved up to 48 hours after death can result in viable pregnancies and healthy children.
It is usually collected through electrical stimulation of the prostate gland or surgery, and frozen until required.
But other sperm experts object to the idea. Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology at Sheffield University, said it feels like a “backward step to recruit donors who are dead”.