06/29/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Australian Town Forced To Import Sperm From US

The Australian city of Townsville is facing a drastic shortage of sperm, according to Australian media.

The shortage has got so bad that fertility clinics are instead paying up to $700 an ampule for American sperm, according to the Herald Sun.

In recent years clinics have struggled to get Aussie men to donate.

Queensland Fertility Group Cairns clinical director Dr Bob Miller believes the change is due to new legislation, including laws that meant donors can no longer remain anonymous to their offspring.

"In the old days, they used to sort of donate and forget," Dr Miller said.

"All the donors stopped coming forward because they didn't want a knock on the door in 18 years time..." said Infertility specialist Dr Ron Chang.