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Morgan Centre for Research into Everyday Lives

Being an egg or sperm donor

Exploring the impact of donating on the everyday lives of donors, their partners and their parents.

Egg and sperm

Anonymous donation of egg and sperm used to be common but, in 2004, UK regulations were changed. Since 2005, people donating egg or sperm through licensed clinics must now consent to their identity being released to any children conceived, should they request it after the age of eighteen. Very little is known about the experiences of these identity-release donors, or about how donating impacts on their everyday lives and relationships.

This project will contribute to our understanding of relationships between donors and donor offspring, and of how donation is experienced in wider family networks. It will be the first major study of this topic since the move towards identity-release donation. Our research will be based on in-depth interviews with donors, their partners, their parents, and counsellors working with donors in fertility clinics. 

Take part

We will be inviting egg and sperm donors, their partners, and their parents to take part in the research by sharing their experiences with us. These interviews will start in 2018. 

If you are an infertility counsellor who has worked with identity-release donors, then we would like to invite you to take part in the project and tell us about your experience of the policy and practice of donation.