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The HFEA releases specific categories of information to people affected by donation. View our FAQs for donors, donor conceived individuals and their families here.


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 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. If you decide to donate your eggs you will be given the opportunity to discuss and talk implications through with a counsellor.

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, or to 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

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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 what 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 whether any children were born as a result of their donation. You can apply to us for this information completely free of charge if you donated after 1st August 1991.

Find out more about Applying for information.

Donors who donated from
1st April 2005

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.

Find out more about Removing your anonymity.

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.

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: 3 January 2024

Review date: 3 January 2026