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Look out for the alpha mail

india Updated: Apr 07, 2008 20:52 IST

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Blood banks were scary enough. Then came the sperm banks that took storing human protein constituents to another level. Now it seems semen demand-supply has entered a new phase: the couriered canister. Add to that the thrill of knowing that distance not only makes the heart grow fonder but won’t come in the way of procreation any longer, and we have a winning combination for the increasingly ubiquitous Dink — double income no kids — couple.

Now sperm can not only be stored but it can be sent effectively in canisters from one geographical spot to the other. No, we are not talking about intercontinental liaisons via the internet or post-feminist sperm-collecting for androgynistic eggs. It’s the plain old in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) method, as increasingly opted by childless couples, that has led to this breakthrough. India happens to be the destination for IVF procedures. So no surprise that it is here that we will have a husband currently located in Ireland inseminating his wife in Mumbai via a couriered canister in a clinic.

We know what you’re thinking. What if the local courier botches up things? Any delay would also be a problem. But then the advantages of a good courier service firming up the requirements of couples living far apart cannot be challenged. And who knows? This could also signal the end of foreplay as we know it; so what if the paperwork increases slightly.