Ginger sperm donors need not apply

Sperm bank Cyros has started turning away redhead donors as there is little demand, it has been reported.

Despite a surge in demand for sperm donors, the only place where sperm donors with red hair are in demand is Ireland, where supplies are selling ‘like hot cakes’, Cryos director Ole Schou told Danish newspaper Ekstrabladet.

He said: ‘I do not think you chose a redhead, unless the partner – for example, the sterile male – has red hair, or because the lone woman has a preference for redheads. And that’s perhaps not so many, especially in the latter case.’

Mr Schou added the genes in highest demand are those that will give a child brown hair or brown eyes.

Cryos’ stores are now at capacity, and there is a long list of about 600 people who wish to become donors.

The sperm bank delivers semen to over 65 countries around the world.


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