Donor conception - births and children

Number of births and children born following treatment using donated sperm, eggs or embryos, 1992-2009

  • Each donor may specify the number of families he or she is willing to help create, up to a maximum of ten families
  • Donors can apply to the HFEA to find out how many children have been born as a result of their donation, the child(ren)’s sex and year of birth
  • Parents can also apply for non-identifying donor information from the HFEA and the number, sex and year of birth of their donor conceived genetic siblings
  • Donor-conceived people can apply for information but the amount of information they receive will depend on when they were conceived, their age and whether their donor has re-registered
  • The number of births differs from the number of children born because some births are of twins or triplets
  • The number of births following treatment not using any donated eggs, sperm or embryos is included for comparison
  • Treatment started in the years shown below. Any birth will have actually occurred around nine months after treatment took place
  • Figures have slightly changed since our last publication due to improvements in the quality of our data
  • This data was extracted from the HFEA’s data warehouse containing Register data as at 22/12/2011.

Births following donor conception treatment
Year Donor
sperm
conception
Donor egg
conception
Donor
embryo
conception
All donor
conceived births
Births not
involving donor
conception
1992 1,599 87 15 1,701 2,028
1993 1,973 135 26 2,134 2,571
1994 2,084 176 49 2,309 2,952
1995 1,948 204 38 2,190 3,793
1996 1,797 266 59 2,122 4,789
1997 1,614 289 63 1,966 4,946
1998 1,473 313 66 1,852 5,666
1999 1,378 377 60 1,815 5,969
2000 1,147 460 51 1,658 6,110
2001 1,082 432 66 1,580 6,435
2002 1,094 457 59 1,610 7,005
2003 1,038 448 54 1,540 7,337
2004 994 447 49 1,490 7,523
2005 920 472 61 1,453 8,243
2006 756 451 62 1,269 9,500
2007 828 395 52 1,275 10,284
2008 879 421 63 1,363 11,295
2009 937 455 64 1,456 12,027

 

 

 

Children born following donor conception treatment
Year Donor
sperm
conception
Donor egg
conception
Donor embryo
conception
All donor
conception
DC
children as
a % of all
IVF and DI babies
All IVF
and DI
babies
(own
and
donated
gametes)
1992 1,781 122 19 1,922 42% 4,560
1993 2,283 177 35 2,495 43% 5,823
1994 2,355 235 66 2,656 41% 6,535
1995 2,228 262 50 2,540 34% 7,529
1996 2,031 356 78 2,465 28% 8,709
1997 1,831 388 84 2,303 26% 8,701
1998 1,670 415 83 2,168 23% 9,507
1999 1,545 483 76 2,104 22% 9,762
2000 1,284 597 61 1,942 20% 9,751
2001 1,205 547 89 1,841 18% 9,978
2002 1,236 595 76 1,907 18% 10,648
2003 1,155 563 68 1,786 16% 10,879
2004 1,098 566 56 1,720 16% 10,970
2005 1,030 584 76 1,690 14% 11,949
2006 858 565 76 1,499 11% 13,159
2007 957 506 64 1,527 11% 14,167
2008 1,007 547 82 1,636 11% 15,561
2009 1,084 593 79 1,756 11% 16,394

 

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