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Donation

Every year, around 2,500 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 to women and couples in need.

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. It's a serious, lifelong commitment though so make sure you've thought through all the issues.

Donating your sperm

Donating your eggs

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. 

Donating your eggs

Donating your embryos

If you have embryos you don’t want to use in the future, you could consider donating them to someone else's treatment, embryo research or training rather than discarding them.

Donating your embryos

Donating to research

Research using eggs, embryos and sperm has led to incredible advances in fertility and disease knowledge and treatment. Find out more about how you can donate to research.  

Donating to research

Disclosing donor information

The information we're able to disclose about you as a donor depends on when you made your donation. Learn more about that your donor-conceived children can find out about you.

Find out more about disclosing donor information

Applying for information

Many donors are curious to know the outcome of their donation. You can apply to us for this information completely free of charge as long as you donated after 1 August 1991.

Find out more about applying for information

Removing your anonymity

Anyone who donated before 1 April 2005 is automatically anonymous. If you'd like, you can choose to remove your anonymity thereby allowing any donor-conceived children to potentially make contact with you.

Find out more about removing your anonymity

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.

Donor-conceived people and their parents

Parents of donor-conceived people

If your child is donor-conceived, you may be wondering when and how is the best time to broach the subject of their origins. Get advice on talking about donor conception with your child.

Talk to your child about their origins

Publication date: 5 July 2017

Review date: 5 July 2019