What is donor conception?
Donor conception is using sperm, eggs or embryos donated by someone else in your fertility treatment.
Around 1,750 babies in the UK are born each year using donated sperm, eggs or embryos. The experience of people who have had donor-conceived children shows that this can be a very positive way to create a family.
Is donor conception for me?
Using donated sperm, eggs or embryos is a major decision and you should take your time to think about whether it is right for you. You may want to discuss your feelings with friends, family or a professional counsellor before proceeding. A clinic is likely to recommend donor conception if:
- you are not producing eggs or sperm of your own
- your own sperm or eggs are unlikely to result in conception
- you have a high risk of passing on an inherited disease
- you are in a same sex relationship, or
- you are single.
If you are considering using donated sperm, eggs or embryos, you will need to think about some complex issues before starting treatment. For this reason, you will be offered counselling; many clinics regard it as essential and will not offer donor conception treatment without it. Try to also talk to people who already have donor-conceived children.