Everyone's story is different
We are very grateful to all those who have taken the time to write about their personal experiences of donor conception and issues relating to it. These stories are invaluable in helping to share common feelings around complex issues. Reading about how others have dealt with things is often very reassuring.
Use the drop-down options to search for particular story types. And if you would like to contribute your own story, please do get in touch with us.
A Father's Day message
"For those men considering using donor sperm who are worried about whether they will bond with their donor conceived children. For those men with fears that their kids will consider them a fraud."
Combating loneliness as a solo mum
"It is very important to me and essential for my mental health that I still have an active social life, so I have worked hard on figuring out how best to achieve that when I am the sole carer for my daughter."
A Missing Side, with Missing Pieces
My mothers were always really open about my conception, and that is something I appreciate. That way I could form my own opinion about my conception story and the industry around it, and I could talk with them about it.
There’s so much more to being a mum than DNA
"... being a parent is not solely defined by genetics - over the past few years I’ve learnt there’s so much more to being a mum than DNA."
"Half of Me" - Ally's Story
I discovered through a DNA testing website that I was conceived with a sperm donor. Since then, I've found that I have at least fourteen half-siblings and one donor who is, genetically, half of me.
Clare's double donation story
Clare share's her and her husband's journey to conceiving their two sons through double donation.
Having a second child as a solo mum - Lynda's story
I had always dreamed I would have a family. I always thought that if I kept on living my life, doing the things I enjoyed, working and travelling then at some point I would meet the right partner for me and we would have children.
Thinking back over my ‘donor conception’ journey - which I realise has now been some 14 years - there is a theme that has run through the whole thing.
Grateful to receive, glad to give - Emma's egg-sharing story
This story was written by Emma in 2018.