Infertility treatment in the UK could be made more accessible if women were allowed to receive payment for donating their eggs and men for allowing their sperm to be used.
This is the call made earlier this week (July 27th) by the head of the fertility watchdog in an interview with the Times newspaper.
Professor Lisa Jardine, of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, states that there are already regulations in place that would prevent the abuse of any system that allowed sperm and eggs to be paid for.
She told the national paper: "I'm not saying the decision arrived at before I became chair wasn't the right one at the time.
"But given the evidence that egg shortage is driving women overseas, I feel a responsibility to look at it again."
It is estimated that one in seven couples worldwide experience problems conceiving a child and may seek infertility treatment.
Independent advice on private healthcare