Every year, around 2,700 people have treatment with the help of a donor. Find out more about donor conception and how you can donate your eggs, sperm or embryos.
Donating to someone who wants a family is, quite simply, an extraordinary act of kindness
Donating your sperm
Donating your sperm gives a couple or single woman the chance to have a much longed for family. However, there are many implications for the future to consider . If you decide to donate your sperm you will be given the opportunity to discuss and talk implications through with a counsellor.
Donating or sharing your eggs is an amazing gift. It involves going through part of the IVF process, which is invasive, and there are some serious questions to consider before committing. If you decide to donate your eggs you will be given the opportunity to discuss and talk implications through with a counsellor.
Most donors who donated after 1st April 2005 are not anonymous (there are some exceptions to this). This means that any donor-conceived children born from your donation can apply to access information including your full name and last known address once they turn 18.
Removing your anonymity
Anyone who donated before 1 April 2005 is automatically anonymous. If you'd like, you can choose to remove your anonymity to allow any donor-conceived children to potentially make contact with you.
Checking if you are an identifiable or an anonymous donor
If you aren’t sure if you are an identifiable donor or an anonymous donor (for example, because you cannot remember when you donated), the quickest way to find out is to contact the clinic you donated at. If the clinic is closed, you can contact the HFEA to check.
Support for donor-conceived people
If you were conceived with the help of a donor, you may want to know about your donor and any donor-conceived siblings you may have. Find out more about the information we hold and how we can help you prepare for accessing information from us.